FERNDALE - Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery has donated $25,000 to a project to build a new library in Ferndale.
Combined with a match from an anonymous donor, the refinery's pledge actually will mean $50,000 for the library, the Whatcom Community Foundation announced Wednesday, Dec. 19.
Jeff Callender, a Phillips 66 spokesman, said the refinery and its employees "recognize the importance of a strong community library where everyone can access information, technology and life-enhancing programs," adding that a new library would benefit the community for generations.
The $5.4 million project is a collaboration of the city of Ferndale, Whatcom County Library System and Whatcom Community Foundation. The donation edges the fundraising effort to within $500,000 of its goal.
The 15,000-square-foot library will be near City Hall on Main Street.
In October, the Whatcom Community Foundation announced that an anonymous donor had pledged up to $1 million in matching funds.
To learn more about the new library or to donate, go online to newferndalelibrary.org.
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