Donation aids Talent library
Gift made in the name of
By Vickie Aldous
Ashland Daily Tidings
TALENT — The Friends of the Talent Library group is off
to a strong
start on its ambitious campaign to raise $150,000 to boost the size of
the new library that will be built in town.
Friends members recently announced Philip Bradley, who
last year, donated $10,000 to the campaign in honor of his deceased
wife, Rosemary Wiley Bradley.
While the couple never lived in Talent, they made
regular trips to
visit their son, resident Jim Bradley.
The donation continues Rosemary Bradley's legacy of
learn and reflects her commitment to education, according to Jim
Bradley, himself a Friends of the Library member.
Born in 1914, Rosemary Bradley received her Ph.D. in
Harvard University and became the first woman to teach at that
institution, her son said.
"She was a tutor and a lecturer during the war. It was
of Rosie the Riveter," he said, noting her students were all male. "Her
students all fell in love with her."
Although her husband was an economics professor at
Bradley never became a professor. Instead, she raised her two sons and
served the community. In the 1960s, she organized the mothers' guild
that ran the library where her children attended school, Jim Bradley
"She was extremely modest. You could put her in charge
and she would run it to perfection, but she was really self-effacing,"
The $10,000 donation made in Rosemary Bradley's name
fundraising campaign, which will be launched next week with the mailing
of 200 letters to potential donors, according to Friends member
With $150,000 the planned
5,661-square-foot library could be increased by 800 or 900 square feet
could be added to better serve Talent's growing population, she said.
The extra money would provide a larger meeting room,
children's space, a mini-kitchen, larger windows, an outdoor reading
area and other improvements.
Funds for the basic library construction will come from
approved by Jackson County voters in 2000 to build new libraries and
expand existing ones in multiple communities.
The new Talent library will be built on the site of the
unused fire station after it is demolished. Following an extensive
design process guided by a design team that will include citizens, as
well as public meetings, construction will begin in late 2005 or early
2006, according to county library staff.
"We encourage people to make donations in 2004," said
need to be able to tell the architects when they start the plans how
much money we have. If we want the square footage to be increased, we
need to have those donations."
Campaign organizers will continue to accept donations in
Donors can make a single contribution, or make a pledge for a 2005
donation as well, she said.
In addition to the Bradley donation, Friends members
last year raffling prizes donated by local businesses, the Talent
Garden Club has pledged $500 and youngsters Noah and Riley Price gave
$29 that they raised in sales from their lemonade stand.
"We wanted to have a lemonade stand. We set it up and
had a lot of
fun, so we wanted to do it the next day, but we didn't know what we'd
do with the money. So we decided to give it to the library," Riley
Price said. "We're probably doing another one this summer."
For more information on the fundraiser or to make a
Betty Smith at 535-4246 or Marilyn Havill at 535-2940.
[Reprinted with permission and courtesy the Ashland
April 27, 2004 edition.]