Library Receives Additional $100,000 Donation
The Toombs County Library Board announces that Shirley and Tommy Strickland have donated $100,000 toward the Vidalia library branch renovation project. According to Gary Campbell, Project Coordinator for the library board, the need arose to replace the roof of the existing portion of the building. The Strickland donation allows the project to move forward as planned without having to cut plans and costs in other areas. Board members Pat Dixon and Brian Bishop, Co-Chairs of the renovation funding, noted that the Strickland’s hand prints are all over several other community civic endeavors, and are grateful for their support of the library renovation.
This project is only possible because of the $3 million from the State of Georgia, which was navigated by Senator Blake Tillery and then Representative Greg Morris. In addition, a total of $786,000 has been raised locally for the renovation, which also includes the relocation of the Ladson Genealogical Library to this main library branch. Due to the outstanding community financial support, the Dr. Mark and Tonya Spivey Public Library is scheduled to be completed by late 2022 instead of the initial early 2025 timeline.
Donations for the renovation and for library operating costs continue to be accepted. The Library Board is thankful to the community and its leadership for its ongoing support.