Today, the Dana Brown Charitable Trust, U.S. Bank,Trustee announced a donation of $1 million to the St. Louis Public Library Foundation's Central To Your World capital campaign, with the funds earmarked for an expanded children's library in the revitalized Central Library downtown. The gift was jointly announced by David Diener of U.S. Bank, chairman of the Dana Brown Charitable Trust, and Rick Simoncelli, president, St. Louis Public Library Foundation.
The capital campaign for the St. Louis Public Library, Central To Your World, is a $20 million philanthropic effort to support the $70 million total restoration and revitalization of the main library, which occupies a full city block between Locust and Olive, and 13th and 14th Streets downtown. Central Library, which closed June 14, is being renewed as a vibrant downtown library center, including a 65 percent increase of space for public use, new children's and teen sections, a 244-seat lower-level auditorium and other amenities, including a café. Earlier this year, the campaign announced a $4 million lead gift from Emerson, with funds designated for a new Locust Street Atrium. Alison Nichols Ferring and Thomas F. Schlafly are campaign co-chairpersons.