Felton Library Friends (FLF) have launched their 2019 community capital campaign to raise funds for features and programming for the new 9000 square-foot library and Nature Discovery Park slated to open early in 2020.
At a recent open house to launch the campaign, the Rotary Club of San Lorenzo Valley presented their check for $15,000 for naming the park’s footbridge. FLF also received $1570 in independent donations. These new funds are in addition to those received in 2018 when donors contributed $272,000 towards the organization’s goal of $350,000.
FLF offers a variety of creative ways to contribute to support enhancements for both the library and park, including programs for young children and teens. Funds can also be directed to the library’s Opening Day book collection and the park’s landscape maintenance. Bench and tree plaques are available through the Parks Legacy Program as a way to memorialize a loved one. Decorative bookplates are offered for sale to donors or for placement in new library books.
“This campaign gives everyone a chance to be part of this wonderful community-driven project,” said campaign organizer Michele Mosher.
San Lorenzo Valley Water District representatives were on hand at the open house as supporters of the library project having donated an easement in 2016 on their adjacent land to provide expanded space for the park and for construction impact mitigation. Moving forward water district staff will continue to provide information on environmental issues and water conservation education.
Architect Teall Messer and Santa Cruz County Park Superintendent Eric Sturm were on hand to provide information about the displays of library and park plans. The SLV Museum presented plans for their proposed Felton branch which will take occupancy in the Belardi building once the library vacates to take residence in their new facility. Library staff shared a button making machine, a 3D printer, and guided children’s activities. Residents participated in a survey regarding ideas for library programs.
For more information about FLF and the capital campaign, visit feltonlibraryfriends.org