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Brookfield Public Library receives $1M donation

BROOKFIELD – The Brookfield Public Library has received a $1 million donation for a new building, setting the stage for the library foundation’s capital campaign to go public.

“I made this investment because I love Brookfield. I love seeing my family members – especially my grandchildren – utilize the Library and simply want what’s best for them and Brookfield,” donor Linda Sokol Francis said in a library news release.

Francis’ gift represents the largest donation the library has ever received, and the new library will be named in her honor, according to the release.

The library’s capital campaign preparation began with the formation of the Foundation for the Brookfield Library in late 2017. Its goal is to raise the necessary funds to create a completely new, modern library with the ability to expand on the corner of Lincoln and Park avenues, the release stated.

Once this goal is achieved, the foundation will continue its efforts to raise money to bridge the gap between necessary enhancements to the facility and tax revenue received annually by the library, according to the release.

To date, the library has $5.3 million saved for the project from its capital reserve account, a fund established to accumulate money for the new facility. Combined with a plan to finance additional funds with a local community lender, the library plans to raise the remainder of the necessary funds through private gifts and naming opportunities, the release stated.

To learn more about the library’s plans or to make a donation to the capital campaign, contact foundation President Jo Ann Day at jomillerday@gmail.com or library Director Kimberly Coughran at kcoughran@brookfieldlibrary.info.

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