Engraved brick fundraiser under way for new Pelham library

Published 2:44 pm Monday, June 12, 2017

PELHAM – The Pelham Library Guild has a fundraiser under way to help raise money for the city’s new public library that is currently under construction.

The guild’s engraved brick fundraiser gives residents an opportunity to support the library while also recognizing loved ones or promoting a business, said library director Mary Campbell.

Each engraved brick can have up to three lines and 20 characters. Bricks can be in honor or memory of loved one, promote a business or celebrate the birth of a child.

Each engraved brick costs $200. Campbell said there’s a limit of about 180 bricks available.

The bricks will be placed in the covered entryway of the library. The proceeds from the fundraiser will be put into the guild’s library building fund and will be used toward the construction of the library.

“This money will be used to give the library those little extra touches that make it spectacular,” Campbell said. “We will purchase things like furniture and other additional amenities that will make the building even better.”

The library is expected to be completed in March 2018. The engraved brick fundraiser will continue through Sept. 1.

Campbell said the goal is to raise $300,000. State representatives Matt Fridy and Arnold Mooney each contributed a $1,000 grant and she is waiting to hear back from Alabama Power concerning another grant opportunity.

In addition to the engraved bricks, naming rights are still available for about 25 spaces inside of the library.

Steve Mobley of Mobley Development Inc. donated a study room in memory of his mother Bobbye Gray Mobley and Russell and Heather Biciste donated the reading nooks in the children’s area in recognition of Lynda L. Whitten, Matalie Levie, Mabel Biciste and Rebecca Biciste.

The library also has other fundraising events coning up, such as the library’s annual book sale August.

For more information stop by the library or contact Campbell at 620-6418.