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Loogootee Native Offers To Match Donations To Library Up To $20,000

The library offered nearly 300 special programs last year (Steve Burns, WFIU/WTIU News).

The Loogootee Library will get some help funding its new building thanks to a former resident.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded Loogootee a $1.1 million rural development loan to build a library three times the current size. The library is trying to raise $200,000 toward construction costs to reduce that loan amount.

And, a Loogootee native wants to help.

Starting Monday, that person will match donations to the library for 60 days, with a cap of $20,000.

Library Director Darla Wagler says she was shocked to get the call.

“Well you just dream of those kind of donations,” she says. “So I was just kind of in awe and blown away that they were doing such a generous thing. And, how do you repay people that generous?”

People can drop off donations in person, or mail them to the library. There’s also a link to donate using PayPal on the library’s website.

The library is working with Friends of Loogootee Library, a non-profit organization, on fundraising efforts. They have several events planned over the coming months to try and raise additional money.

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