Dear Editor:

Our seemingly long renovation and construction program will soon be completed. Thank you to Jo Moore and her hard-working Foundation members and the Community.

On Sept. 1, 2015, Jo was requested by the CMPL Board to form an independent Foundation, given the project, and the rest is now part of the Library’s history.

Jo and the Foundation members took the Library project and sold the project to individuals by first raising seed money and making a DVD describing the communities’ expectations and the description of the library’s needs. Then they started soliciting funds. The Community responded!

CMPLF has received donations from pennies to thousands from individual donors to corporations. Community-based fundraisings have included dinners, raffles and numerous activities like vintage teas and the popular pie auctions.

Through Jo’s effort the project has come in under budget; she has used the overage funds to refurbish the old section of the Library with new flooring and lighting so we truly have an all new facility.

Contractor Rick Burnham has shepherded the project and donated his time and many other companies have donated materials and labor.

We marvel at the time table on Feb. 16, 2016 CMPL received the nonprofit corporation status and by April 2020 the Phase 1-4 fund raising had been raised.

Great Job CMPLF and in such a short time!

Cleo Castellanos

Director, Clearwater Memorial Public Library

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