Library project nears fund-raising goal

Only a few short months ago and $90,000 short of their fund-raising goal, the F.M. Richards Memorial Library expansion project seemed to be only a remote possibility. Today, the Libarary Association is closing in on the magic number and the reality of an expanded and upgraded facility is becoming a distinct possibility. Started two years ago, the library expansion project will expand the current 3,000 square foot facility an additional 1,500 square feet and will be a single story added on to the north end of the facility. Originally expected to break ground this month, the lack of funding for the $181,000 addition has delayed the project. A matching fund grant of $90,000 from the G. Rollie White Trust will fund half of the project once the matching monies are procured. “Right now, we are only about $7,700 from our goal,” said Library Association President Jerry Betsill “and we hope to reach our goal within the next couple of months. We are still awaiting word from LCRA about the awarding of a $4,000 grant that would cut our current need in half.” The LCRA grant will be awarded or denied the first week of November. With the hopes of receiving the necessary funds to allow the project to commence, a tentative schedule has been devised that effectively shows the new addition to be completed by Nov. 15, 2002. If the drive concludes Jan. 31, 2002 as expected, construction could begin as early as May 1. From there, the contingencies associated with projects of this type will dictate when the facility is actually completed. To make a contribution to the library expansion project, donors can simply stop by the facility and make a donation in person or mail one marked”Building Fund,” F.M. Richards Memorial Library, 1106 South Blackburn, Brady, Tex. 76825.

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