Huntsville-Madison County Public Library receives $200,000 donation

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Where the Bessie K. Russell branch stands now is right next to its future location, at the City of Huntsville's Public Safety Training Academy.

Capital Campaign Consultant for the library foundation, Michelda Johnson, says they've come a long way since it was a thought on the drawing board.

"We started off with a $2 million base," said Johnson. "Since then, we have raised about $1.2 million toward that endeavor."

Johnson says donations from community partners have kept this project moving forward. On Monday, they were presented with a $200,000 donation from First Missionary Baptist Church.

"Our youth are our future and we want them to exceed academically, spiritually, socially, and to invest in them is one of the most worthy things that we can do," said Pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church, Julius R. Scruggs.

While this donation is nothing short of essential to the library's relocation -- it's another marker, getting them closer to the end goal.

"We are about $1.5 million from our goal and we would like to raise that as expeditiously as possible so that we can start the renovation process into the 20,000-square-foot facility," said Johnson.

Johnson adds they hope to raise the rest of the money needed by the end of 2016.