Here's how a $10K donation for Galesburg's new library will help birds
The Galesburg Public Library Foundation recently received a $10,000 donation to provide bird-safe glass for the city's new public library.
The donation came from Friends of the Library and will fund specially glazed windows designed to be visible to birds while appearing transparent to people.
Large windows are often invisible to birds, leading birds to fatally collide with the glass, but the library’s windows will reduce bird strikes, creating a safer environment for the birds.
The donation is the latest from the Friends of the Library. The group holds semi-annual book sales to raise funds to benefit the library.
The book sales are currently on hiatus for 2023 as the library prepares to move to the new facility next year, but the Friends expect to resume book sales in the new building.
Revenue from book sales have also funded prizes for the Summer Reading Program, furnishings and technology, and the annual Big Write competition.
Construction of the new library is scheduled to be complete in the spring of 2024. Seven of the large windows are planned to include the bird-safe glazing.
The Galesburg Public Library and Galesburg Public Library Foundation are located at 40 E Simmons St., Galesburg.