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Tuttle Times co-publishers Steve Coulter (Left) and Steve Kizziar present a check to Jane Bryant for the future Tuttle Library. (Staff photo by Jeff Harrison)
 
By Jeff Harrison
 Managing Editor

The future Tuttle Library continues to draw support from across the community. The Tuttle Times recently joined the chorus with a donation of $1,520 towards the future library.

The donation was a result of a month-long subscription special to benefit the future library. For every one-year subscription or renewal sold, the newspaper donated $5 towards the library.

The paper finished with 304 subscriptions and renewals last month.

On Tuesday, co-publishers Steve Coulter and Steve Kizziar presented the check to Friends of the Tuttle Public Library (FOTPL) president Jane Bryant. They also got a peek inside the future library building.

“This is a wonderful project for Tuttle and we’re honored to be able to help with it,” Coulter said. “We were thrilled with the support we received from our readers and believe this money will be put to good use. It truly was a win-win situation.”

Bryant said they have raised more than $20,000 so far. She said the money is needed for materials and work on the building.

“We have so many things we need to buy,” she said. “We need furniture, we need computer tables, we need chairs, we need desks, we need small arm chairs. We can find some of those things used, but all of that still costs money.”

The Friends initially believed they would need to raise $25,000 to open the library. Bryant said they will likely need more funds to purchase additional bookcases.

To help offset the costs, the group will sell sponsorships for each shelf. The donation will include a personalized plaque on each unit.

The Friends have spearheaded efforts to open a community library. The City of Tuttle is allowing the non-profit organization to set up the library at the former Wilma’s Clothing store, 305 W. Main Street.

Volunteers are currently preparing the building, organizing materials and raising money for the project.
The Friends hope to have the library open by February 2014.

For more information about the FOTPL find them on Facebook,  email friendsoftuttlepubliclibrary@gmail.com or call Jane Bryant at (405) 388-5271.




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