Members of a dozen Cambria book clubs have donated nearly $15,000 toward finishing the town’s new library.
Funds raised were used to match another library-funding challenge grant.
All the library-funding challenge grants except one have been met, said Friends of the Cambria Library President Jeri Farrell. What’s left is the $140,000 challenge grant from the Hind Foundation, designed to close the last funding gap. That challenge must be matched with local donations by Dec. 31, also the deadline for Friends to meet its commitment to the county.
The nonprofit organization is close to paying off its $1.4 million contract with the county. That’s the local share of costs for the new building at 1043 Main St.
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The fund drive has only about $100,000 to go, Supervisor Bruce Gibson told the North Coast Advisory Council July 18. He also said the group’s most recent Treasures Sale raised $16,000.
The Monday morning University Women’s Book Club was the top money raiser among those participating in the challenge between clubs, according to statistics reported by Friends of the Cambria Library.
The Cambria library branch is one of the county’s most heavily used libraries per capita. It has survived for nearly 30 years in increasingly cramped quarters with difficult parking accommodations.
The new building provides more than double the space of the existing library, and is to offer more parking, a greater emphasis on technology and digital media and enlarged multifunctional areas for children, teens and adults.
Take donations to the current library at 900 Main St., or go to www.cambriafol.org.For details, call Farrell at 924- 1814.
A Friends book sale will be held at the Veterans Memorial Building from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, July 27 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28. From 11:30 a.m. Saturday, books are $3 a bag, but buyers must bring their own bags. Proceeds go to the building fund. —Kathe Tanner