Residents can help, too
Residents and library patrons can help the fundraising effort three ways — by donating at the library, buying a $75 ticket to a Dec. 7 festive dinner or making an individual or group contribution of $5,000 or more, which will be recognized on a donor wall at the new library.
Prospective donors may go to the current library, located at 405 E. South St. in Athens, and contribute cash, a check or through a donation of appreciated stock, Joyner said. Or, they may donate by credit card by going online to the library’s website at http://www.athenslimestone.lib.al.us/
Melissa and Tony Ward of Athens will open their home, “Athena,” for a holiday tour that will benefit the project. Included in the $75 ticket price is food, drinks, live music and other amenities.
“It will be an entertaining start to the holiday season, and something that will help a good cause,” Joyner said. “Anyone who wants to purchase a ticket to the party is welcome to.”
Although some previous donors have already received invitations, there are plenty of tickets remaining. You can buy a ticket at the library or on the library’s website.
The city’s share
The city of Athens, which has already donated more than $1.1 million, will not be asked for another one-time contribution. The city leadership, however, has been asked to give more on a yearly basis to cover operating costs.
Athens Mayor Ronnie Marks said, to his knowledge, the city of Athens has not been asked to donate further to the library effort. However, he said various agencies, including the library, have made their annual funding requests, which the council will likely consider on Dec. 10. While the library and other agencies are asking for more annual operating funds, they will likely not receive it.
“Things will probably be level funded, but it is up to them (the City Council),” Marks said. “But through my conversations with the City Council, they are looking at level funding. That’s where the majority of the City Council members are.”