Donation will help rebuild West Lexington Public Library Branch
The Marksbury Family Foundation has committed the main donation for the fundraising campaign
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington Public Library and the Lexington Public Library Foundation announced Wednesday that the Marksbury Family Foundation has committed the lead donation for the fundraising campaign to rebuild the corner library branch. from Versailles Road and Village Drive. In recognition of the foundation’s generosity, the new facility will be named the Marksbury Family Branch when it opens in 2024, according to the library.
The library purchased the site in late 2020 after renting the facility for 15 years, with the intention of demolishing the current building.
A new two-story facility will replace it with nearly triple the space available for library services. The new building will include community and study rooms, a dedicated classroom, craft space, outdoor reading area, expanded adult and children’s spaces, and a drive-thru window where customers can pick up and return the borrowed material.
The Library estimates that it will serve approximately 1 million visitors per year at this location.
The Library Foundation has pledged to raise $5.3 million to support this $17 million project through a public-private partnership.
The Marksbury Family Foundation, founded by Davis Marksbury, invests in innovative projects that provide lasting opportunity and change the lives of individuals and communities.
“We are thrilled to invest in this community-wide resource, which provides countless educational resources for everyone in the greater Lexington area,” said Logan Marksbury, president of the Marksbury Family Foundation. “Our family has been very fortunate and we love providing new opportunities for others to succeed through our Foundation.”
The Marksbury Family Foundation has supported the University of Kentucky, the Lexington Leadership Foundation’s Woodhill Community Center, the Blue Grass Community Foundation’s Good Giving Challenge, and many other projects in educational and entrepreneurial spaces.
This donation is the largest commitment in the history of the Lexington Public Library Foundation, which has supported our public library system since 1997.
“The Library Foundation’s fundraising success is a testament to the commitment of our donors and the impact of the Lexington Public Library system,” said Erin Serrate, Chair of the Library Foundation Board of Trustees. . “Like the people it serves, the Library has unlimited potential, and our role is to ensure that the Library has the financial resources it needs to meet the educational needs of our community.
The Library Foundation supports new projects, capital needs and specialized programs. Recent investments include Destination Kindergarten (with the PNC Foundation’s Grow Up Great initiative), the Eastside Branch (contributing $1.3 million to the project), and the Kloiber Foundation STEAM Lab, which will open later this month.
“Our library system thrives when our community comes together,” said Executive Director Heather Dieffenbach. “We are grateful for the support of the Marksbury Family Foundation and the leadership of the Lexington Public Library Foundation. Together, we will accomplish great things to support the citizens of Central Kentucky. For more information about the project or to get involved, please visit www.lexpublib.org/village.
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