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Work for Friends of the Milton Library begins before construction
by Nicole Dow
October 09, 2013 10:51 AM | 998 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Though the anticipated new library in Milton has yet to break ground, the Friends of the Milton Library is on its way to creating a lasting impact in the community.

The Friends of the Milton Library is a nonprofit developed to support the branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Library System that will be built on the corner of Mayfield Road and Charlotte Drive in the Crabapple section of Milton.

The group is organizing volunteers and gaining healthy community support, said the organization’s president Matt Kunz.

He said the group’s Facebook page already has more than 350 “likes,” more than longer established library groups. As of Monday afternoon, the Friends of the Alpharetta Library and the Friends of the Roswell Library’s Facebook pages had 67 and 231 “likes,” respectively.

The Friends of the Milton Library its second book sale fundraiser Saturday as part of the Crabapple Fest.

“We had a lot of foot traffic that came through,” Kunz said.

More than 30 volunteers helped sell about 2,500 books and raise about $1,800, he said. The group’s first book sale in August raised more than $2,000.

“The funds that we raise help support the library in all things they may need that the Fulton County budget may not provide,” Kunz said.

He added, “I’ve been extremely proud of all of the volunteers we’ve had. We’ve had such a great team of people that come and know they’re a part of something special.”

In addition to public outreach and raising funds to support the library, the Friends group is working to preserve one of the two barn structures on the property. The group hopes the facility can be used to store books for future book sale fundraisers.

“The historical value [of the barn] makes it unique, especially with the equestrian theme and the barns in the area,” Kunz said.

He said it will cost about $70,000 to save the structure. The Shannon Family Foundation generously donated $20,000 towards the cost, Kunz said.

The Friends group is planning a Save the Barn fundraiser.

The groundbreaking for the Milton Library is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014.

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