Bradford Memorial Library is asking for contributions from the public for the remodeling project

Bradford Memorial Library is working toward its goal of improving the library and the services it is able to offer with a remodeling project.

They are now asking for contributions from the public for the project.

“This is an important project for the library because it will allow us to meet the information needs of the community in the coming years,” said Kristi Jacobs, library director. “It will allow us to adapt our space to our community’s needs, whether that is books, e-books, databases, digital media, gathering spaces, Internet access or a combination of things.”

The project will cost $1.2 million, with $200,000 coming from existing capital outlay funds, $100,000 from an existing endowment, $458,000 from tax dollars and about $400,000 from fundraising.

The public fundraising portion of this, a key part of the project, will begin in early 2014. Gifts can be given at this time and will be held in trust for the renovation if donors wish.

“The public library belongs to everyone in the community,” Jacobs said. “That is what makes a public library so incredibly special. The success of this project relies heavily on community support because it allows the library to become someplace special. We can update the building and grounds and make it a place community members are proud of and want to show off to visitors. A donation to the project, whether it is $5 or $50,000, says we believe in our public library and want it to be a special part of our community.”

The renovation includes a list of changes and improvements. High on the list was parking.

Other items included some exterior needs, as well as changes to the interior, technology and updates for meeting places. There also is a need for restrooms upstairs, with the current restrooms being located downstairs.

The plan also includes better lighting, a computer facility for public use, space for reading and meetings, lower stacks for greater visibility and rest rooms on the main floor.

In addition, it included improved meeting facilities, updated staff areas, improved infrastructure and landscaping. Another change would be a new entrance to the lower level, so a person would have to pass through the main floor of the library to go downstairs. There also was some furniture for the children’s library, as well as additions to the Clymer Room.

“This project has been in the planning stages for a year and a half,” Jacobs said. “While the efforts began with things like replacing the carpet, we tried to engage the public through the use of focus groups to determine the needs of our users. The architects used that input in the design process. We believe we have a project that will meet the needs of the community for the next 15 to 20 years, while being financially responsible to the community.”

Anyone wishing to make a tax-deductible contribution before the end of 2013 to the renovation or to the library for other needs is encouraged to speak to Jacobs at 321-3363 for more information on the project or other library needs.

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