Lake Norman & Mooresville

Hoping to save the library a brick at a time

The Town of Davidson Library Task Force, in conjunction with the Davidson Public Library, plans an open house 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 3 to kick off its "Pave the Way to Save the Library" fundraising campaign and volunteer drive.

Hours at community libraries have been cut back to four days and 32 hours a week: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The branches will be closed Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays.

In order to keep the Davidson Public Library open for four days a week, as opposed to closing entirely, the Town of Davidson has promised to pay $175,000 to Mecklenburg County's library system and is looking to raise the money from residents.

The Cornelius Library Branch also is seeking volunteers and donations can be made to that branch.

As part of its fundraising, the town of Davidson is selling engraved bricks to be placed in the patio in front of the raised stage on the Village Green. Each brick will be engraved to commemorate donations made to save the library. Bricks can be purchased to honor an individual, family or in memory of a loved one.

Two sizes of bricks are available: a 4-by-8 inch engraved brick for $100 (tax-deductible) or an 8-by-8-inch engraved brick for $500 (tax-deductible).

Donors can pick up an order form at the library's open house. For those not wishing to purchase a brick, straight tax-deductible donations to the town will also be accepted.

People can visit the library Aug. 3 to learn more about the library's programs for all ages, volunteer opportunities and the fundraising drive.