Ferndale library project gets new $500,000 matching grant


FERNDALE - A $500,000 matching grant will allow donors to help make upgrades to the new Ferndale library.

This latest piece of the fundraising campaign, made possible by an anonymous donor, will allow for upgrades, such as additional technology and energy efficiency. The extra dollars will allow the library to return some key features that were originally scaled back to meet budget, according to a Whatcom Community Foundation news release.

The foundation has been overseeing the fundraising drive for the 15,000-square-foot library that will be built on Main Street, near City Hall.

Money to build the library already has been raised. A $550,000 bond passed by city voters in April, plus a partial match from an anonymous donor, covered the last $810,000 needed.

To learn more about the new library or to donate, go online to newferndalelibrary.org.

Reach Kie Relyea at kie.relyea@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2234.

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