Donation for branch encourages community giving
The Fond du Lac Public Library has received just over $30,000 in donations for the new FDLPL Express branch. The new site, to open this fall in the Shops at Johnson Crossing, at Highways 23 and 151, will be the first branch in the library’s 107-year history.
In June, the library received two large contributions toward the $40,000 needed to equip and furnish the location. Businesswoman Judith Berger donated $20,000 in early June, which was followed by anonymous donation of $10,000 challenge funds. The donor agreed to match – dollar for dollar – any community contributions up to $10,000.
The library launched a “Here We Grow” campaign. It has received dozens of contributions from across the community, said library Director Ken Hall.
“We’re delighted with the enthusiasm the community has shown for this big step in the growth of library services,” Hall said. “And we are grateful for every penny.”
If all goes as planned, Hall said the library hopes to begin interior construction in early August with the intention of opening doors in mid-September. A grand opening will be held on Saturday, October 22, with a special guests and surprises.
The library welcomes donations from the public. Donation forms – and a donation watering can – are available at the library’s main desk and at the bookmobile parked in front of Festival Foods. Anyone who donates $100 or more will have their names added to a plaque at the Express branch.
Donations to the Fond du Lac Public Library are tax deductible. Checks should be written to Fond du Lac Public Library, 32 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac, WI 54935. A donation receipts are available. For more information, contact Director Ken Hall at (920) 929-7080, ext. 133, or [email protected].