As everybody is well aware, the exterior of your Library is in deplorable shape and has been for quite some time. The shutters need to be repaired, replaced, and painted. The brick is in good shape, but all the wood needs to be repaired and painted. The Mississippi Library Association is coming to town in October. How embarrassing it will be for them to see our poor Library!
The building belongs to the City of Natchez, who is responsible for its maintenance. Unfortunately, the City has no plans to perform the needed repairs. However, the Friends of the Library are riding to the rescue! They have developed a fundraising drive to pay for the restoration of the exterior of your Library. Since it will be a costly project, there are three parts to the drive.
1. The Friends are asking the people of the community to Adopt a Needy SHUTTER. It will cost an average of $100 to restore a shutter, and we have 44. There is a mockup in the lobby of the Library showing who has adopted shutters. The donors' names will be inscribed on the shutters they adopted. So if you adopt a shutter, then years from now you can show your grandchildren which shutter was yours.
Progress as of 8/8/2012: Shutters $8900
2. If adopting a shutter is too much for, your budget, then you may want to Buy Your Library a Can of PAINT by donating $25. We're hoping to raise $1000 to buy 40 gallons of paint. Also in the Library's lobby is a poster showing our progress toward our goal.
Progress as of 8/8/2012: Paint $1,900
3. Finally, there may be a special event later. More details to come.
Stop by the Library if you would like to adopt a shutter or donate a can of paint. Or click here for a bookmark with all the information.
BIG, BIG, BIG, BIG NEWS!
An anonymous donor has issued a challenge. If we raise $15,000, he will match it! Isn't that just awesome? We can do this!
More good news! The Krewe of Fat Mamas has chosen us as their project this year, and they are partnering with the Friends to raise the necessary funds. Together with the Natchez Adams Public Schools, they raised $1,636.86 with Greens for Jeans.
The Rotary Club of Natchez gave us a generous contribution of $5000!
Johnny Waycaster gave a donation of $500.
Julie & Chuck Caldwell gave us a donation of $500.
The Armstrong-Nickoll Family Foundation gave us a donation of $500.
Pat Kirkland donated 30 gallons of paint.
Progress as of 8/8/2012: $35,730!!!