The Hearst Foundations have granted a $70,000 gift to Friends of the Cambria Library’s campaign to make an empty shell of a building into a fully outfitted new North Coast library.
The action was announced late on Tuesday, Dec. 4, according to Friends President Jeri Farrell, who credited Hearst family heir Steve Hearst and Supervisor Bruce Gibson.
“The grant has been in the works for some time,” she said, but Friends members hadn’t known how it would be affected by the news in October that, with a $28,237 donation from former county planning commissioner Anne Wyatt, the group had met its $1.4 million fundraising goal to meet its contract with the county to pay for 50 percent of the new facility.
Gibson said by email Wednesday that he’s “thrilled and grateful that the Hearst Foundation has added this most generous contribution to the library. Thanks to Steve Hearst and Teri Yeager of the Foundation for their commitment to and support of the community.”
The Hearst Foundations gave the Friends a $50,000 grant in 2010. Friends has been fundraising for a new library for more than 20 years, but the drive took on new focus and urgency after the county purchased the building at 900 Main Street, and gave Friends a deadline to complete the contract.
Farrell said Wednesday the project is in the design phase, with Friends and county officials meeting every couple of weeks to review such aspects as lighting and what sections of the library go where. She said county project leaders have indicated to her that the new facility should be open to the public as early as December 2013.
She indicated that the Friends board is reviewing how to honor the campaign’s two major donors, the Greg and Jane Hind Foundation, which gave a $140,000 challenge grant, and the Hearst Foundations’ $120,000 donation. The group also is researching permanent ways of thanking every donor, “because every donation is significant and important,” Farrell said. “We needed them all.”
You can still help!
The Friends of the Cambria Library is hosting its third Treasures Sale on Jan. 25 through 27. The “Fabulous Art & More Treasures Sale” will be held the same weekend as the Cambria Chamber of Commerce’s Art & Wine Festival.
Friends president Jeri Farrell and others will be accepting donations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday at the new library building, 900 Main Street, including Saturday Dec. 22 and 29.
For details, call Farrell at 924-1814 or go to www.cambriafol.org.