Couple donates $750K for library

In this Wednesday, June 7, 2017 photo, Bill and Nancy Davy stand on the site of the new Peninsula Community Library in Traverse City, Mich., which will be built near the intersection of Island View Drive and Center Road on Old Mission Peninsula in part thanks to their $750,000 donation. (Jan-Michael Stump /Traverse City Record-Eagle via AP)

TRAVERSE CITY (AP) — Bill and Nancy Davy walked through the tall grass at the corner of Center and Island View roads to the future site of the Peninsula Community Library.
The two sought out where the front porch will be on the cottage-style building after Nancy, president of volunteer group Friends of Peninsula Community Library, explained how the new site will have a children’s garden, a building with a community room and porch in back as well. Plus, there’s enough room to grow if Peninsula Township residents decide in the future that they need an even bigger building.
Fundraising for the new, 5,694-square-foot building is seven months ahead of schedule, thanks to Bill’s $750,000 donation in his and Nancy’s name, Peninsula Community Library Director Victoria Shurly said. The fundraising campaign’s goal is to raise $2 million by the end of 2017.
Bill’s donation put the total at more than $1.1 million from 217 contributions that otherwise range from $15 to $50,000, Shurly said. The campaign hired a fundraising consultant, but Bill wasn’t on anyone’s radar.
She’s thrilled, and hopes the move will spur others to give.
“I think that community members will see there’s huge support for the project, that this kind of a donation shows confidence in the library and that there’s a desire for there always to be a public library on Old Mission Peninsula,” she told the Traverse City Record-Eagle.
Meeting the goal ahead of schedule could mean the new library could be up and running shortly after its current building changes hands, Shurly said. It’ll be built on land the library board purchased in 1990.