PALA: Pala presents $200,000 to help open new Fallbrook Library

BAND GIVES $140,000 FOR BONSALL SCHOOLS IN SAME WEEK North County Times 8.13.10

By GARY WARTH - gwarth@nctimes.com

 It's been a generous week for the Pala Band of Mission Indians, which gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Bonsall Union School District and Friends of the Fallbrook Library.

Pala Chairman Robert Smith said the band presented $140,000 to the district for bus service for rural families at a school board meeting Thursday. And in a ceremony at the Pala administration offices Friday, Smith presented a $200,000 check to be used for the Fallbrook Library scheduled to open in January.

"I think literary is a big part of any culture," Smith said after the presentation.

The chairman said the Pala band knows how challenging it can be to build a library, having opened its own in 1990.

Friends president Marlo Miller said the donation is one of the biggest the organization has ever received. An anonymous donor also gave $200,000 to the library two years ago, and Jessie Yount left the group $600,000 when she passed away in 2006.

The organization's library building task force chairwoman Jerri Patchett said Pala's donation will be recognized with a plaque and that the "Kids and Family" area of the library will be named after the band.

Patchett said Smith's image also will be included on the donor wall along with various American Indian items, and an artist from Pala will be used to create a border on the ground surrounding the oval "Poets' Patio" outside.

Friends of the Library has contributed about $2.3 million to the $11 million county library under construction on Main Avenue. It will be the second building in the county to have a roof of living plants, with 3,300 square feet of succulents covering it. The other one is in San Diego.

Smith said this was Pala's first donation to the library group, but the third to the Bonsall Union School District. The band gave the district $140,000 last year and $120,000 the year before. Smith said the money was to help preserve the district's bus service to rural families.

Call staff writer Gary Warth at 760-740-5410.

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