Otto Bremer Trust Awards $150,000 Grant to Story Builder Campaign
The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in downtown Eau Claire and its Story Builder expansion campaign are excited to receive a $150,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust. And! A $50,000 portion of this grant is matching dollar-for-dollar, meaning those who donate soon can double their impact. This generous gift will bring expansion funding to almost 95% of the total project cost of $18.5M. (The City of Eau Claire has invested $11.5M to renovate the library’s failing mechanical systems while the Story Builder campaign is raising an additional $7M in private funds to expand and enhance the library’s physical space.)
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The need is real. The time is now.
- 1996 – 398,486
- 2019 – 799,420
Circulation has more than doubled, from loaning 398,486 items in 1996 to 799,420 items in 2019.
- 1996 – 317
- 2019 – 798
Programs offered annually increased from 317 events in 1996 to 798 events in 2019.
- 1996 – 13,070
- 2019 – 32,693
Attendance in programs has risen from 13,070 attendees in 1996 to 32,693 attendees in 2019.
- 1976 – 61,000 Sq. ft.
- 2019 – 61,000 Sq. ft.
Based on the growth in our services and in our community, there is a need for an increase in usable space.