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Posted: Saturday, October 15, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 5:53 am, Sat Oct 15, 2011.

Want to see your name on a gold plaque on one of the shelves in the Lodi Public Library? Want to help pay for part of a new mural in the Bud Sullivan Community Room?

The library is offering two fundraisers to pay for the renovation of the adult fiction and non-fiction section of the library, which will cost about $600,000, Library Services Director Nancy Martinez said.

The city completed $1.8 million in renovations in August 2009 that included the restrooms, meeting rooms, the staff's work area and the children's section.

The next upgrade, which the library has named "The Rest of the Story," would focus on the east side of the building. The renovation will feature a new adult section with areas called "living rooms," which are quiet reading areas away from the stacks.

There would also be a cafe area where residents can eat or drink and a teen area that will have specialized seating, such as bean bags or sound-enabled chairs, where they will be able to listen to music.

The library will add an enlarged computer area and another small meeting room.

"Our demand for meeting space is increasing all the time because there are not many places for nonprofits to meet," Martinez said.

Here are two ways you can donate to the library's expansion:

  • Support-a-Shelf: You can donate a shelf that will have your name and your favorite hobby, pastime, author or subject on it. For example, someone donated a shelf dedicated to golf. The shelf will have a gold ($2,500 donation), a silver ($1,000 donation) or a bronze ($500 donation) plaque on it. The money will be used for the renovation, including retrofitting the library stacks for earthquake safety.
  • Carnegie Library wall mural: You can sponsor a mural that local artist Tony Segale designed, which will go in the library's main community room. The mural is of Carnegie Forum, the first library in Lodi. It is on Feb. 12, 1910, the day of the library's dedication.

You can buy a square foot of the mural for $250, and the proceeds will go to the adult nonfiction area of the library. Donors' names will be on a plaque displayed in the mural.

Segale has sketched the mural, but will not start painting it until it's 50-percent funded.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodi news.com or read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/city_buzz.

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