Story last updated at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, October 10, 2002

Library fund exceeds $1 million
We wish to thank the citizens of Homer, who, through their elected city council members, selected a new Homer library as the recipient of the FY 2004 Governor's Matching Grant. This adds another $132,000 to the building fund and demonstrates community support that will help us raise money from other sectors, such as foundations.

This matching grant funding, along with previous funds set aside by both the City of Homer and Kachemak City, the value of the existing building and land, funds raised by Friends of the Library, several bequests, and now an expanding circle of very generous "pioneer donors" within our community, raises the amount now dedicated to a new library to more than a million dollars.

The Capital Campaign Committee of the New Library Project is engaged in a multi-faceted campaign to meet the goal of $3.4 million by the end of 2004. To this end, Homer area residents will find flyers around town asking them to help with contributions of any size. We also encourage supporters to join the Friends of the Library and to volunteer with any of the three library committees -- capital campaign, publicity, and building.

We will soon have a "thermometer-style" sign at the library to visibly measure our fund-raising progress, and book bags for sale with our artful "Just Imagine!" logo. The volunteers involved in these projects are not only greatly appreciated, but prove once again what a committed and creative community we live in.

For more information about the New Library Project, please stop by the library or contact any member of the Library Advisory Board. To volunteer, contact campaign coordinator Kathleen Putman at 235-7558 or Please join us.

Nancy Lord, chair, Library Advisory Board and New Library Capital Campaign Committee