October 22, 2014

Alabama: Lack of Funds Stalls ‘Library of Future’ Plan in Montgomery

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From the Montgomery Advertiser:

The Montgomery City-County Library Board has decided for now to shelve plans to create the state-of-the-art library that originally was envisioned as part of the Questplex project.

The problem came down to not having the money to do it, said Thomas McPherson, president of the Montgomery City-County Library Board.

“We have to accept reality and work within reality. It is not that we have given up on moving forward, but now is not the time to do that,” McPherson said.

The Questplex concept generated enough excitement that it raised about $3 million in pledges and donations.

Now, the library has $142,406.67 remaining in cash donations from 47 donors, McPherson said.

The Questplex project would have paired a technologically advanced library with a Children’s Museum, creating an interactive learning environment tailored to the curriculum of Alabama schools.

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