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Clarksville library kicks off expansion campaign

SoVaNow.com / May 29, 2013
A capital campaign steering c0mmittee has solicited almost 56 percent of the $300,000 needed to renovate additional space made available to the Clarksville Area Public Library last year by the Town of Clarksville, according to Jackie Lilly, Clarksville Trustee for the Southside Regional Library System.

Over the past several months, the Steering Committee, co-chaired by Dr. and Mrs. Charles Lee, has been securing architectural and engineering drawings of the proposed library expansion and developing plans to solicit the needed funds.

“We are extremely grateful to the organizations and individuals whose generosity has resulted in commitments of almost $170,000,” said co-chair Lee. “We are elated with the extraordinary response at this stage. Fundraising professionals predict a high probability of campaign success when at least 40 percent of the goal is committed during the ‘silent phase.’ We are off to an excellent start.”

Committee members, in addition to Charles and Pat Lee, include Dr. Richard Allen, Julie Ames, James Beasley, Ricky Harris, Mildred Jolly, Todd Jones, Bill Nunn, Jacie Roberts, Senator Frank Ruff and Dyan Willis. “We are blessed that these busy individuals are willing to devote their talents to this drive,” said co-chair Lee. “Their commitment reinforces the importance of the Clarksville Library to the future of this community.”

A generous grant from the Clarksville Ruritans has provided the engineering and architectural services of the Dewberry Engineering Corporation. This has resulted in a site plan, drawings, and specifications for structural joining of the two facilities in an aesthetically-pleasing way. The interior space has been designed to address the future role of the library as a 21st-century learning center, a stimulus for community engagement and a center of community pride.

The Steering Committee will now begin general solicitations from current patrons, local organizations, foundations and civic-minded individuals who appreciate the role of the library in the economic and social life of our community. Several naming opportunities will permit donors to honor family or friends in a very special way. All contributions will be permanently recognized in the new facility.

With the help of the community, the committee hopes to reach the goal by July 2014. Donors and volunteers will be honored at a celebration soon thereafter, and construction is expected to be completed early in 2015.

For more information (questions about the plans, schedules, naming opportunities, library needs, etc.), prospective donors and other interested parties can stop by the library, contact members of the Steering Committee or send an e-mail to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). All contributions are tax-deductible when made to the Southside Regional Library Foundation for the “Clarksville Library Expansion.”

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