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Since 1999 the Friends of the Lafayette Library have been actively involved in the campaign for a new library.

As these dreams edge closer to reality, the role of the Friends will remain crucial.

For complete and up-to-date developments of the new Lafayette Library and Learning Center, please visit LafayetteLib.com.

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Friends make first "Angel" Pledge:

Mr. Steven Falk
City Manager
Lafayette, CA 94549
October 29, 2003

Dear Mr. Falk,
This project has been at the top of our wish list since the 1980's, when our group began setting funds aside for this very purpose. These funds comes from a number of sources: our membership dues and bequests to the Friends of the Library; private and community fundraising events; discounts and rebates from Lafayette merchants and unrestricted or specific donations from generous residents. The largest portion is from our ongoing used book sales which have raised $524,000 since 1967.

Our group contributed $20,000 last year to finance Lafayette Library needs, and have pledged a like amount for the current year. These donations augment funding available from the county in a time of fiscal austerity. We also hold programs that contribute to library life, such as the "Sweet Thursdays" author events and the citywide bookmark contest for all Lafayette schoolchildren.

But, as previously stated, our primary goal is to help Lafayette build a new library, and so the Friends of the Library board has voted to commit a donation of at least $750,000 to this purpose. We reserve the right to designate specific use of these funds at the appropriate time, and look forward to seeing the plans take shape. The Friends of the Library will continue our efforts on behalf of this most important community resource, and appreciate the guidance and commitment of the City's leadership. We eagerly look forward to working together with you to realize this long-cherished dream.

For the Friends of the Lafayette Library,

Ruth Bailey