Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress
Rusk residents are excited about the upcoming construction of the new library, according to a press release from Singletary Memorial Libray.
"A community that has come together in fundraising, a city council that heard the desires and needs of the residents of Cherokee County are excited at the anticipation of the construction of the 21st century library that is coming to our town," said Amy Derrington, library director, in a press release.
Derrington said area residents have been anticipating the new building for “many years.”
“It has been amazing to watch and be a part of this community that has gone above and beyond with their commitment to this project. I speak for this community with a grateful heart to the City council, residents, and all that have taken an interest in our library expansion when I say thank you to the Tocker Foundation for funding our furniture and shelving proposal with a grant in the amount of $50,000,” Derrington said.
The construction begun in 2014 for the addition to the Singletary Memorial Library. The press release said there have been many fundraising activities during the past year with more in the planning stages.
The Friends of the Library hosted a Great Gatsby Dinner Party at the Historic James I Perkins home. The guests were treated to a Gatsby-themed dinner party with more than 40 guests attending and contributions from the evening raising more than $30,000.
The library also hosted a benefit raffle that brought in more than $1,000 with a benefit auction that was held at the Rusk Civic Center with prizes being donated by the following: Rusk Parts Plus, Flowers n Things, The Daily Grind, Confetti Photography, Rusk Sonic, Collectors Corner, Jo Caraway, Creative Graphics, and Bonnie and John Nickle.
There are several other fundraising projects in the works within the community. For more information, contact the library at 903-683-5916.