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The library needs around $600,000 to complete the buildout, but officials say they have a plan in place

COURTESY PHOTO - Cornelius Place, which broke ground in September, will include an expanded library, affordable senior housing and community meeting space.The Cornelius Public Library will name the meeting room and gallery in its new building after the Walters family following a $70,000 donation to the library's capital campaign, Cornelius Public Library Director Karen Hills said Tuesday, Nov. 28.

The library will be part of Cornelius Place, a three-story building including affordable senior housing, a YMCA and community meeting space. Construction on the library space should begin in December, with work lasting about 13 months.

The library project is facing a funding gap of around $600,000, Hill said.

"We have a plan to get to that number, and we're hoping to get there within the next year," she said. "It seems like every dollar is harder to get the further along you are, but we have plans to reach out to a few more foundations and local businesses."

The library will also begin selling tiles to individuals for $100, Hill said.

The new space will allow the Cornelius library to expand to triple its current size. The Walters Family Foundation has donated $100,000 over the past six years for book acquisition and technology upgrades.

"We are pleased to support the development of the new Cornelius Public Library for its role in improving early reading and literacy, student success programs and adult education," said Cliff Walters, president of the Walters Family Foundation. "We are committed to supporting organizations like the public library that enables our citizens to lead happy, productive lives."

The project also drew a $250,000 donation from the Ford Family Foundation in September. The Oregon Community Foundation gave $30,000 early on and recently gave an additional $30,000, Hill said.

A list of about 20 rooms or collections are eligible for naming rights, Hill said.

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