Refinery's gift gets Ferndale Library closer to donation goal

The Phillips 66 Ferndale refinery has made a $25,000 contribution toward the ongoing effort to build a new library in Ferndale, and an anonymous individual has agreed to match the donation.

The city of Ferndale, the Whatcom County Library System and the Whatcom Community Foundation have been working together with numerous project supporters for six years to raise enough money to build the new library. The refinery’s contribution puts the fundraising effort within $500,000 of its $5.4 million goal.

Once the fundraising is complete, construction to replace the temporary facility in Pioneer Park will begin on the south side of Main Street, west of City Hall.

Phillips 66 public affairs director Jeff Callender said his company recognizes the importance and need for a community library.

“We know a new library will benefit the community for generations, and that making a gift now doubles our investment thanks to the current matching opportunity,” Callender said, in a press release.

More information on the New Ferndale Library project is online at www.newferndalelibrary.org.

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