Peter E. Haas Jr Family Fund Announces $500,000 Gift for Roseland Regional Library Programming

March 12, 2024, Rohnert Park, CA – The Peter E. Haas Jr. Family Fund has announced a $500,000 grant to the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation for the new Roseland Regional Library, announced Chris Falley, Foundation president.

“We believe that Sonoma County deserves a world-class library in Roseland – a library that reflects the best of Roseland and serves the needs and dreams of the people who live there,” said Ginnie and Peter Haas Jr.   “We are delighted to contribute to making the Roseland Library a reality and hope others will join us in the effort.”

The new library is being built by the City of Santa Rosa in partnership with the Sonoma County Library on a 6.5-acre site at the intersection of Hearn and Dutton Avenues.  Groundbreaking for the new Roseland Regional Library is projected for late 2024, with ribbon cutting expected in early 2027. In addition to the new library, the city is building a new fire station next door. A community cultural center is planned for a later phase of construction.

“Our Foundation is honored to accept this leadership gift on behalf of the Sonoma County Library,” said Foundation President Chris Falley. “Not only will this gift ensure a cornerstone of the innovative programming planned for the new library, but we know it will inspire others to join our campaign as well.”

“This Haas Jr. Family Fund gift empowers elements of our programming that specifically strengthen our vision of ‘Creating Opportunities Together’,” said Sonoma County Library Director Erika Thibault. “We are deeply grateful that this key funding will help us expand partnerships and optimize access to resources for Roseland and people throughout the county.”

The Foundation is currently conducting a campaign to raise the $3.6 million needed to provide the collection, furniture, fixtures and equipment the new library will need. For information to join the campaign, visit the Foundation’s website, scplf.org.

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