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David Littleton and Joe Willams, of CTB Inc. work on the new Grayson branch of the Carter County Public Library.

The Carter County Public Library’s Board of Trustees is rolling out a capital campaign to raise money for renovation of the recently- purchased branch building in Grayson.

The fund raiser is called “A Square Foot at a Time” and will allow donors the opportunity to sponsor one square foot of space in the new facility for a gift of $20.

The board hopes to raise about $80,000 to complete renovation of the building’s ground floor. Second floor construction will be conducted in the next phase of the project.

In addition to public donations, the board plans to approach local businesses for help.

“We will be talking with Speedway, King’s Daughter’s, AEP and all of the other large chains that do business in our community to see if they can help us,” said board member Larry Prichard.

“It’s time to buckle down, put our hands to the plow and take off,” he added.

He also stressed that donors don’t have to donate the full $20 in order to help. A gift of any amount will be accepted.

This means that several persons could combine their efforts to sponsor a single square foot of space in the new building.

The board purchased the Main Street building last May but quickly learned that the cost of renovating the space exceeded its initial budget calculation.

The board since has been exploring options to raise the necessary funds to complete the project.

In addition to this fund raiser, the board also has applied for a $1,000 grant from the Carter County Community Fund and is exploring additional grant opportunities.

Donation accounts have been established at Commercial Bank, First National Bank, Citizens National Bank, and City National Bank.

Additionally, those interested can contact Library Director Nellie Jordan at 286-8070 for more information. All donations are tax- deductible as allowed by law.

Joe Lewis can be reached at jlewis@journal-times.com or by telephone at 286-4201.

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