Library reaches fundraising goal for remodel

The Mesa County Public Library Foundation announced Tuesday it reached its fundraising goal for the capital campaign to benefit the expansion and remodel of the Central Library.

The “Help Us Meet the Future” goal was $1.25 million, and the final funds raised were slightly more than that, according a news release.

“The Foundation determined the fundraising effort would enhance the project’s success by ensuring that important upgrades such as the mezzanine, art and technology would be included,” said Kevin Bray, foundation chair for the capital campaign, in the release. “The effort was a huge success thanks to the generosity of the library’s numerous contributors.”

The money included grants and contributions from numerous organizations, foundations and individuals. The foundation received a $50,000 challenge grant from the Denver-based Gates Family Foundation and a $100,000 pledge from the Friends of the Mesa County Libraries.

Seven areas of the Central Library, 443 N. Sixth St., were named on behalf of donors. Those areas are designated with a wall plaque.

Donors also will be recognized on the Donor Wall to be unveiled next spring.

“Donations ranged from a child’s spare change to tens of thousands of dollars, and the Foundation could not have accomplished its goal without each of those valued contributions,” said Lois Becker, development director for Mesa County Libraries, in a release.

The Central Library Project, which cost $7.1 million, was finished in June.


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