<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> Library Fund Drive Library Board Sevier County Public Library System
Library Fund Drive
  The campaign goal is to raise $8.5 million for the new library has been met! Due to the raising prices of materials and gas, the Library Foundation is working hard to raise the extra monies needed to complete the building. The library is an investment in our children and grandchildren's future but it needs your help! Donations can be made by going to the Sevierville Library, the Seymour Branch, the Kodak Branch or the Genealogy/History Center. To call about a donation, please call: 865.774.3246 or 865.774.6033 or to donate online, please use the "Donate Now" link. Donations large and small are critically needed. Every penny counts.  
  The lead gift of $1 million was made by the King family. They made an additional gift of $500,000 as a challenge to the community. The facility will be named the King Family Library.  
  Others who have made significant pledges include Sevier County Bank, Citizens National Bank, Mountain National Bank, Home Federal Bank, Birchfield Kile Enterprises, Haslam Family Foundation, Frost Foundation, WonderWorks, Colonial Properties, Comfort Inn, Apple Valley, Riverwalk Apartments, Linda Ogle, Al Blanton, Grant Cantwell, Ray and Tammy Johnson, Marian Oates, James Sidwell, the Summitt Family, the Wade Family, the Temple-Waters Family, the GFWC Manthano Club and the Sevierville LIons Club.  

* "We need everyone who has talked about giving to give now," said John Waters, honorary chairman of the campaign. "We've talked to a lot of people over the last year. This library is going to benefit businesses, property values, residents, tourism, you name it. We ask that if you think it's a great idea and you believe in the growth and development of our wonderful county, to step up now and help us reach our goal. We have just six weeks to go."

  The new library will be 45,000 square feet and will be built where the King Lumber Company was located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Gary Wade Boulevard/High Street. It is close to Sevierville Intermediate and Middle schools, close to public access and near other public amenities. A County of 80,000 people needs a main library in the county seat of which to be proud, a facility big enough to handle books, meetings, children's collections and more. The drawings for the planned new facility are in keeping with both the character of Sevierville and the need for an adequate main library. BarberMcMurry Architects has designed the planned building.  
  The Sevier County Library System has three locations with more than 96,000 holdings. More than half of all Sevier County residents from all areas of the county have an active library card. Donations can be made by donating online, by printing the donation form and mailing it to: Sevier County Public Library System, 408 High Street., Sevierville, TN 37862, or by coming to the Sevierville Library, the Seymour Branch or the Kodak Branch. For more information, please call KC Williams at 865-774-3246 or Catherine Wright at 865-774-6033.  

* Tuesday, November 13, 2007 Mountain Press