Have you checked out the thermostat posted outside the library? You’ll note there are now three different bands of color. The bottom red one shows the money raised by the Friends of the Library, donations by members of the community and the Vancouver Regional Library – all the money collected through December.

The black and white checkered band shows the value of the Community Center Building, donated by the Community Center Board of Trustees.

The top red bank is the matching money that was pledged by an anonymous donor for any donation over $10,000.

With this much money pledged, and the title to the former Community Center building and land, the next step is to pick an architectural firm to work on conceptual drawings. After that contract is awarded, there will be community meetings to get input on what our citizens would like to see included in the library building.

Stay turned for the time and location of these meetings – and in the mean time I suggest you start writing down your ideas of what the library should include. Think big – then it will be a matter of choosing the best ideas. and what we can afford.

There’s still lots of money to be raised – we will have a better idea of costs after the conceptual drawings are complete.

 It’s easy to donate to the library building fund. Make your check out to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library and mail it to PO Box 534, Ridgefield, WA 98642, or take it to the library. Contributions may be tax deductible.

If you’re over 70 1/2, ask your CPA about how to save paying tax on IRA money that’s donated directly to the Friends of the Ridgefield Library. It’s a way to help you and your community at the same time.

If you want to be a Cornerstone member by donating $1000, the money can be paid in regular increments, but you do need to sign a form in order for the Treasurer to track payments. There are other levels of giving also. Each major donor will received recognition on a display at the new library. You can designate your donation be used only for the building fund if you like.

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