The mission of the C. E. Weldon Public Library Enrichment Foundation is to expand, strengthen, and enhance the local public library by receiving and disbursing private funding for the delivery of library services beyond what is achievable with public funds.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Will there be a new library?
Yes. The city has agreed on the location and had acquired a USDA loan to help cover the costs for both the library and Police station. Private support will be a crucial component to building a world-class Library as well.
Where will the Library be located?
The library will become part of Festival Park replacing the current police station and Reed building.
When will the new library be built?
There are a series of events that need to take place before construction can begin. The police station needs to be built first and then the current buildings will need to be removed. Our current projection for the completion of the library is 2019-2020.
What will happen to the existing building?
C. E. Weldon Public Library’s current home was built in 1917 as a post office. It is a historic site, and the building will continue to stand and serve a role in this community. That exact role has yet to be determined.
What is the Foundation’s Role?
The mission of the C.E. Weldon Public Library Enrichment Foundation is to expand, strengthen and enhance the local public library and to receive and disburse supplemental funding for the delivery of library services beyond what is achievable with public funds. The Foundation promotes the value of the library within the community and encourages philanthropic giving through its non-profit, tax-exempt status as a 501(c) (3) entity. Foundation priorities include increasing and improving the collections, services, and programs of the library, enhancing technology and encouraging grant funding and private sector giving. A top priority is to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward private support for a new 21st Century Library to be located in Martin, TN and serving the region.
Why do we need a new library?
- Lang Unger - Board Chair
- Len Solomons - Board Co-chair
- Tommy Legins - Tresurer
- David Warren - Honorary Campaign Chair
- Dan Donaldson
- Nick Dunagan
- Todd Hampton
- Misty Menees
- Warner Pace
- Audrey Roberts
- Johnny Shanklin
- Ann Swaim
For more information or if you are interested in donating to this project, please contact us through the form below.