$5,047 is all that stands between Richmond’s residents and their first public tool library.
The library’s mission is to provide residents free access to tools that formerly may have been cost or space prohibitive. With generous contributions from community donors and supporters, the campaign has reached 60% of its fundraising goal and plans to launch the library at the end of the month are underway
Library founders, Kiana Ward and Guadalupe Morales hope that access to the tools will not only spur home improvement projects but community beautification efforts as well. Volunteer steering committee member, Sarah K. Price says “Oakland and Berkeley have their own tool libraries, now it’s Richmond’s turn!”
Once the Library is up and running all one would need is their Richmond Library card and a proof of residency to check out the tools, much like one would a book. The library will be located at the Richmond Recreation Complex, 3230 Macdonald Ave.
With the May 12th crowdfunding campaign deadline fast approaching, the final push to reach $12,598 to purchase a complete inventory of power tools and furnishings to outfit the library is in your hands. If you’re interested in updates and finding out more about how you can help get the Tool Library up and running, check out the crowdfunding campaign here and stay in touch on Facebook.