Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Over $7K raised to benefit Summer Reading Program


Friends of the Gatesville Public Library organization recently conducted a fundraiser in conjunction with the solar eclipse and managed to collect over $6,000 for the public library.

The group sold about 250 parking spaces at the Gatesville Civic Center for those wishing to view the eclipse and to see the telescopes brought in by NASA Ambassador Liam Finn. The parking fees, costing $20 per space, totaled $6,724,57 along with other donations amounting to $456, brought in $7,015.57 for the Gatesville Public Library.

According to library director, Shea Harp, the money raised by the Friends of the Gatesville Public Library will be used for their Summer Reading Program for children.

“Thanks to the community and city departments helping and volunteering, we couldn’t have done it without them. We have more planning to do and sponsorships to gather for the summer,” Harp said. The library will release the Summer Reading Program schedule on May 1.

The Friends of the Gatesville Public Library was formed in 1961 by a group of citizens who believed that “a good public library is important to the growth and development of a community.”  The organization hopes to support the library by stimulating interest in the Gatesville community as well as in Coryell County.