The Upper Arlington Public Library is marking its 50th anniversary with a drive to raise funds for a new group work and study space at its main branch.

In addition to a celebration planned from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11 at the main branch, 2800 Tremont Road, the library also recently kicked off a milestone fundraiser.

The 50 for 50 Campaign seeks to raise $50,000 in donations in order to convert existing space into a group work and study space without using tax dollars.

If successful, the 50 for 50 Campaign would allow the library to open the new space sometime in 2018.

"Our mission is to help the community explore, gather and grow," said Christine Minx, marketing and community relations manager. "New gathering spaces will benefit students, families, organizations, businesses and anyone who needs a place to work together as a group."

The 50 for 50 Campaign will run through the end of this year, and Minx noted that all donations are tax-deductible.

Officials decided to pursue a project for new gathering spaces after receiving input from patrons during a 2015 community survey.

"It was a top request in our 2015 community survey and we've heard anecdotally from patrons for years that UA doesn't have enough meeting space," Minx said.

She said the library hopes to replace some of the main branch's individual study carrels in the Adult Department with flexible-use tables and chairs where several people can sit and work together.

"We'd also love to provide small enclosed or semi-enclosed study rooms in our main library's Adult Department," she said. "The scope of what we can do will be determined by how much money we're able to raise."

More information about the 50 for 50 Campaign is available at 50for50.ualibrary.org.

Minx also noted the library offers year-round opportunities to donate online at give.ualibrary.org.

As for the 50th anniversary celebration Dec. 11, the library plans to display "story walls" recounting favorite library memories that patrons provided last summer, as well as historical photos and birthday cards from children.

There also will be refreshments from El Vaquero Restaurant, cake and "trivia activity to test everyone's knowledge of the library," Minx said.

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