On Tuesday, July 21, the night before the new Michael E. Busch Annapolis Library opened to the public, the library foundation invited some very special donors to the building. They were all leadership donors to the foundation’s Beyond Your Expectations: The Campaign for the Library which ended in 2019. All of these donors had named rooms or areas in the new library, or their names appeared on the donor wall, honoring their leadership support of the campaign. More than 30 donors joined with library CEO Skip Auld, foundation vice president Karen Smith and foundation and library staff members to enjoy the ample spaces in the new building
Long-time library trustee Joan Beck stands in front of the Joan Cass Beck Community Bulletin Board in the front lobby.
The Anna E. Greenberg Legacy Society plaque, located outside the Foundation Café, holds the names of donors who’ve included the library in their estate plans. Donors Barry and Anne McKown stand next to the plaque which includes their names.
Donors Trish and Greg Strott stand next to The Anna E. Greenberg Legacy Society plaque which includes their names as leadership donors who’ve remembered the library in their estate plans.
Jane Campbell-Chambliss and
Pete Chambliss were able to view the community meeting room named in their honor.
Former foundation director Michelle Coates was among the donors who were able to see their names on the newly installed donor wall in the library’s lobby.
Dick and Lisa Hillman outside
the Maryland Room, named in their honor. The Richard and Lisa Hillman Maryland Room will house parts of the library’s collection of Maryland and Anne Arundel county historical books and papers.
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