Algona Public Library gets a boost

Fundraising campaign receives a $375,000 donation

A public library is an asset that most towns of more than modest size regard as absolutely crucial. Keeping such an important local institution state-of-the-art is both challenging and expensive.

The Algona Public Library is in the midst of a major fundraising drive. The goal is to raise $2 million. The new money would be used to pay for an assortment of improvements and renovations to keep the library’s facilities in sync with rapidly evolving 21st-century needs.

While the precise details are still being worked out, enhancements sought are likely to include upgrading the youth department, making shelving more accessible for people with disabilities and infrastructure improvements to the heating and air conditioning system.

According to Library Director Mara Strickler, the fundraising campaign already has achieved commitments totaling more than $1.3 million. A major step forward was the recent decision of Pharmacist Mutual Co. and the Pharmacist Mutual Foundation to make an exceptionally generous donation of $375,000.

The Messenger applauds this large gift and the many other commitments by individuals, organizations and businesses. It is clear that many people who live in or near Algona understand just how important a first-rate library to the quality of life in a community. We hope the generosity already shown will motivate others to join in the effort to turn the $2 million goal into a mission accomplished.