May 12, 2016

Community leaders offer gift-matching to Great Libraries Create campaign for up to $100K

COLUMBUS—Community leaders Corde Robinson and Grant Morrow have offered to support the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation by matching gifts to its Great Libraries Create campaign. Robinson and Morrow are challenging supporters by matching any gift to the campaign up to $100,000 from now until Main Library’s grand opening on June 25.

The Great Libraries Create campaign is a $21.5 million public/private fundraising initiative to support Columbus Metropolitan Library’s (CML) aspirational building program. The library is building seven new branches, renovating two others and transforming Main Library. The Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation has currently raised approximately $19 million of its $21.5 million goal.

“With this critical support, Corde and Grant have demonstrated their commitment to our community’s young people by investing in great libraries that will impact their success in school and beyond,” said Columbus Metropolitan Library CEO Patrick Losinski. “We are grateful for their generosity.”

Robinson and Morrow have been longtime advocates for CML. Robinson has served as a member (and president from 2008 to 2009) of the CML Foundation board and member (and co-chair in 1997, 1998, 2006, 2007 and 2016) of the Celebration of Learning committee. She currently serves as co-chair of the Great Libraries Create campaign committee. Professionally, she serves as president of the Westwater Company. Morrow is a retired doctor who worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Great libraries create community centerpieces that reflect the unique needs of the people they serve. To ensure Columbus Metropolitan Library continues to serve its customers well into the future, it must revitalize and transform branches to meet the demands of the 21st century community.

The library has embarked on an ambitious plan to revitalize seven urban branches, two suburban branches and make transformational changes to Main Library. Through the Great Libraries Create campaign, CML will create inspirational spaces in central Ohio’s most challenged communities to help prepare kids for kindergarten, cultivate a passion for reading in the young, empower discovery and creativity in teens, provide the books and resources for adults trying to improve their lives, ensure access to technology to those without, and so much more.

The cost of this vision is $130 million. The library has generated $100 million with the sale of Public Library Fund Notes, $8.5 million from operational savings and the library’s foundation is seeking $21.5 million through public and private philanthropy.

Visit greatlibrariescreate.org for more information and to check the progress of the campaign.

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