Public Library Association is full of the holiday spirit thanks to a Secret
Santa. KPLA's Leslie Leyland Fields says an anonymous $150,000 donation was
made last week in honor of a "book-loving family."
-- (Donation 1 :10
"We were just blown out of the water. We were just overwhelmed. There were
many, many tears when the announcement was made.")
donation is encouraging to KPLA, which is only a few weeks into their efforts
to raise $750,000 for the new library. Leyland
Fields says the organization's goal is to have half of that money raised by
March and then hopefully they will qualify for a grant that could make up for
-- (Donation 2 :24 "Once
the community demonstrates its support in that tangible way. ‘Yes, we are
investing our own money into this facility,' then the foundation says, ‘Okay,
alright, we see Kodiak is really behind you and now we will consider bumping
you up here."
Fields is optimistic that KPLA will meet their goal.
-- (Donation 3 :19
"Asking for money is not always an easy thing, but it is an easy thing in this
case because the library is such an amazing project and it's so far along and
there's so much good and so much success that has already happened with the
like the location of the real Santa Claus' workshop, Leyland Fields says the
identity of the donor family is top secret.
-- (Donation 4 :10 "There's
only one or two people who know and the rest of us are just sending out great
thanks and appreciation to whoever they are.")
construction of the new library could begin as early as next year.