Boca Library Receives Donation To Add Rooftop Garden


Staff report

To commemorate the Spanish River Library’s 10 year anniversary, the Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library donated $50,000 to build a rooftop garden.

The check was presented to Mayor Susan Haynie during a reception on Jan. 26. With this gift, the current Rooftop Terrace will be transformed into a space for recreation, reading and special events. In addition, the Friends of the Library donated a“Giving Tree” to be installed in the lobby of Spanish River Library in the spring. The Giving Tree provides library donors an opportunity to celebrate a milestone or recognize a loved one.

Since the Spanish River Library opened in 2008, it has:

  • Welcomed over 3.4 million patrons and visitors
  • Provided more than 3,500 educational programs for children, tweens and teens
  • Loaned out over 1 million children’s books

“2018 marks the Friends’ 28th anniversary, and we thank our members, donors and bookstore customers for their continued financial support of our organization,” Cyndi Bloom, President of the Friends Board of Directors, said. “Through their contributions, we can generously fulfill our mission ‘to support and enhance the value of the Boca Raton Public Library as it serves our community.’ The 10th anniversary of the Spanish River Library is certainly a milestone for Boca, and the Friends are happy to honor this very special occasion.”

The Friends of the Library is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to supporting BRPL. The group raises money through memberships to the Friends organization, grants, and book sales at the bookstore in the Downtown Library.

“The Friends of the Library have been integral to the success of our libraries for many years, and I thank them for their support,” said Michael Kalvort, CPRE, Recreation Services Director for the City of Boca Raton. “I invite our citizens to visit one of our libraries, learn a new skill, meet some new friends, or simply escape their daily lives with a good book, movie or music.”

For more information about the Friends of the Library, please visit