Donor challenges community to match $10K for new branch

An anonymous donor has stepped forward to challenge the community to help equip the planned Fond du Lac Public Library Express branch at Johnson Crossing Shopping Center.

The donor has agreed to match all contributions, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000.

“Our donor wants the public to support this historic expansion,” said library Director Ken Hall. “If we succeed in raising the full $20,000, then we would have reached our goal of raising the $40,000 necessary to properly equip the new branch.”

The 1,600-square-foot Express branch will replace and expand on services currently available at the bookmobile parked in front of Festival Foods. It will be the first standalone branch location in the library’s 107-year history. Hall expects to open doors in September.

The $10,000 challenge donation comes on the heels of a $20,000 donation made in June by local business woman Judith Berger.

The library welcomes donations from the public. Donation forms – and spare change jars – are available at the library’s main desk and at the Festival bookmobile. Anyone who donates $100 or more will have their names added to a plaque at the new branch. As well, Hall intends to reach out to service clubs and civic organizations.

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.

Donation receipts are available. For more information, contact Director Ken Hall at (920) 929-7080, ext. 133, or [email protected].

A grand opening for the branch is planned for Saturday, October 22.

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