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Matching Challenge for Macomb Library

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Rich Egger
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The Macomb Public Library has raised half of the money it needs to qualify for a state grant, and is now being challenged by an anonymous donor to maintain the momentum.

Capital Campaign Co-Chair Judy Kerr said the donor will provide $25,000 if the library can raise the same amount between now and February 1.

“This two week period is a very short time to attempt this but I feel certain that we will reach that goal,” Kerr said.

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The library’s ultimate goal is to raise $794,025 by June 30. The state will provide a $2.3 million grant only if the library meets the goal by the deadline.

The money would pay for building a two-story addition that would roughly double the size of the library.  The extra space would provide more room for children, library materials, and new technology. It would also include a community meeting room.

“We cannot let this opportunity pass us by,” said Co-Chair Melissa Inman. “It would be a shame to know that Macomb let their monies go to the next library on the (state) list.”

Supporters said they hope to reach the fundraising goal early so work can proceed on the bidding and the final architectural plans.

The library is a Carnegie building. It’s been located at the corner of Lafayette and Jefferson Streets since 1904.