It was just a year ago that an anonymous donor gave the Cedar Springs Public Library the opportunity to obtain a $50,000 matching grant to help build a new library—with the stipulation that the money must be raised by the end of the 2012. The task seemed daunting, but a dedicated fundraising committee took on the challenge and spurred on the community to help make it happen.
“As we look back, we will remember 2012 as the year that our community came together for a common cause,” said Library fundrasing co-chair Vicky Babcock. “There is no doubt that we love our library! This is a community where kindergarteners, as well as businesses, individuals and groups joined hands in a labor of love. We have we met the challenge. We not only obtained the $50,000 goal, we blew the top off the thermometer! We received upwards of $55,000 to add to the building fund, plus the additional $50,000 donation! This is a major step towards our final goal—to build a bigger library.”
According to Library Director Donna Clark, they now have $555,000 towards the approximately $2 million needed for a new library. “This really gave us a shot in the arm,” remarked Clark, who was tickled pink at the news.
According to Babcock, the board will create a building committee to come up with a plan on where to go from here. “There is much yet to do. We will need additional funds and planning before we can break ground on our new building. We understand the need to move forward as quickly as possible without compromise to the utility of the building,” said Babcock. “Our board is conscious of the responsibility given us by our community.”
She said they will discuss the committee at their next meeting January 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Library. Board meetings are open to the public.