North Pole Library project gets boost

The Fairbanks North Star Borough received a $100,000 gift from the Fairbanks Library Foundation today to meet a match requirement for a $500,000 Rasmuson Foundation grant award that was made in November 2013.  These monies will help fund items not in the construction budget for the new North Pole Branch Library, including an automated self-check-out system, furnishings, fixtures and equipment and landscaping. The facility is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in summer 2014.

The $100,000 match is made possible through the contributions of the Friends of the North Pole Library, Flint Hills Resources, Golden Valley Electric Association’s Good Cents program and many other individual and organizational donors.

With the support of the Fairbanks North Star Borough and the State of Alaska, construction of the new North Pole Branch Library began last summer.  The Fairbanks Library Foundation has been working for the past two years to make the library an exceptional facility and asset to the community for years to come.  Kathy Alton, FLF President said the additional funds will help keep our libraries current and accessible, “the State, the borough and the Rasmuson Foundations’ generosity has brought us a great distance – this final $100,000 gift will help us even better serve the families and children of the North Pole and surrounding areas.”