On November 25, a special group of library foundation donors met in the under-construction new Annapolis Library on West Street. They were there to experience a hard hat tour of the rooms and spaces in the library that will be named in their honor when it opens in late April.
The visitors were donors who made leadership gifts to the library foundation's Beyond Your Expectations: The Campaign for the Library between 2016 and 2019. The foundation is honoring their generosity by designating specific rooms and areas within the new building which will be named for them.
"It's a tribute to these donors' commitment and generosity to the library," said foundation executive director Ann Glenn. "Their major gifts made it possible for us to purchase needed equipment and supplies for each branch of AACPL, upgrade furniture and furnishings in each branch, purchase needed technology such as the Wi-Fi hotspots, expand programming system-wide and do many more things which make our libraries better every day. They're our heroes."
Donors who were able to take the tour included Joan Beck, Cathy and John Belcher, Sam and Donna Brown, Jane Campbell Chambliss and Pete Chambliss, Katie Cook (representing the Women of West Annapolis,) Faith Goldstein and Jess Cunitz, Anna Greenberg, Jim and Ardith Harle, Barbara Maxwell and representatives from Severn Bank.
"These donors, through their philanthropy, are helping us accomplish so much," said library CEO Skip Auld. "I couldn't be more pleased or proud to have their names permanently connected to AACPL and to the Annapolis Library."
Naming opportunities at the new Annapolis library are still available as of press time. Contact library foundation executive director Ann Glenn at 410.222.2509 for more details.
Jane Campbell-Chambliss and Pete Chambliss stand inside the new Annapolis Library's community meeting room. The large, light filled area will be able to accommodate nearly 500 people and will be able to be divided as needed for library programming. The room will be named in Jane and Pete's honor to recognize their leadership support of the library foundation.