The Friends Of The Ely Library receives $100 Thousand Gift


The Friends of the Ely Library received a windfall in November 2011 in the form of a $100,000 gift from the Edward B. and Esther Nelson Estate.

The Ely Friends publicly announced the gift in a January 10 press release following the most recent meeting of its board of directors.


"The Board is appreciative of this gift, which will help to ensure the continued success of the Friends organization as well as the Ely Public Librar," the Ely Friends Board said through a press release. "This is the third estate gift that has been received by the Friends of the Ely Public Library in the last few years. It clearly indicates that the citizens of the greater Ely community know that the future success of the Ely Public Library is of great importance for our community."


According to the press release, the board is intent on ensuring that the money is spent wisely.


"There have been recent efforts and discussion on behalf of the City of Ely to build a new public library in conjunction with a new government building," the press release stated. "The Board of Directors feels that it is in the best interest of the Ely Public Library to invest the gift at this time. If and when a new library is built, there will be a great need to furnish and equip the library to meet the requirements of the 21st Century.


Though the gift is generous and will certainly help with providing resources and enrichment for the Ely library, the success of the library has been contingent upon stable, steady member support.


"Because of the ongoing support of our members, we have continued to make significant progress in equipping our library with nine new public-use computers, new book shelves, new books, DVDs, magazine subscriptions, and other numerous improvements," the board said in the press release. "The Friends of the Ely Library has been a significant part of the success of our library during hard economic times. We look forward to continue to do even more."

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