Since 1995 the library has raised more than $40,000 by selling personalized bricks which are installed on the exterior plaza between the library and nearby Civic Center.
Originally a fundraiser which helped to meet the $150,000 challenge by Quad/Graphics, the bricks continue to be a way for people to help the library in a highly visible way while generating additional revenue for materials (books, movies, magazines, etc.).
Many people have used the bricks to memorialize or honor someone, while others have shown their support for the library by having their own names inscribed. Whenever possible, multiple bricks for a family are placed near each other.
Bricks are installed annually, but they can be purchased any time during the year. Bricks ordered this summer will be installed in the fall.
The cost of a 4” x 8” brick (with either two or three lines of text) is $110, of which approximately $80 goes directly to the library. New this year are 8” x 8” bricks, which offer six lines of text. These larger bricks are $200 each, of which approximately $160 goes directly to the library.
Donors may pick one of four choices for use of the remaining money: any area of need, children’s materials, young adult materials, or adult materials. All orders must be paid in advance.
2017 brick orders for fall installation are accepted through August 15.