Building good will and libraries one brick at a time

March 23, 2013 by  

For those who genuinely love reading, a library is a magical place, and El Cajon bibliophiles will soon have a new place to worship. Opening in July, a $185m Central Library will open in downtown San Diego.

Selling bricks for the walkway around the entrance is a fundraising technique being used by the San Diego Public Library Foundation. So far, over 2,200 bricks have been sold, raising $500,000. Many more bricks are available for purchase and priced by their location, with prices of $150, $500, and $1,000. The bricks can be engraved with a name or a message of no more than two lines, with 18 letters allowed per line.

This is a good opportunity to contribute to the library while at the same time memorializing a loved one or gaining a little advertisement for a business. While bricks in a sidewalk can never compete with digital business cards, for a potential client, seeing the name of a business in a sidewalk 20 or 30 years in the future is still certainly good advertisement.

Mel Katz, the chairman behind the idea, said:

“We stand behind the philosophy that just as bricks are the foundation of buildings, libraries are the foundation of knowledge.”

Those individuals and companies with deeper pockets can spend anywhere from $2,500 to $25,000 to have their names placed on computer work stations, study rooms, Garden Courtyard tables, and auditorium chairs.

To learn more about the Buy-A-Brick campaign and related naming opportunities go to the Support My Library website.