This year the library, and specifically the Picton branch of the library will be embarking on a major project. In 2017 the board engaged in focus group sessions to measure the public appetite for a Picton branch expansion.
Overwhelmingly, we heard that more space was needed. It is not hard to see that the library is overcrowded and participants in the library’s many programs recognize that more space would enhance the library’s ability to provide more programming opportunity.
Further the community vision for the library includes bookable meeting room space, accessible washrooms, more shelf space to accommodate a larger book collection, a dedicated makerspace area for youth and quiet study spaces.
Everything that you told us we have incorporated into the plans! This is a somewhat larger version than once envisioned – but good that we asked.
You may have noticed the thermometer outside of the front door of the library. It shows that we have already acquired an amazing almost $800,000. We are 80 per cent of the way to make this happen. We need $300,000 more and we hope to raise that amount over the course of this year. A tall order but not impossible considering the support that we have received so far. We will continue to pursue funds through grants and foundations and we are also turning to the community for support.
It is our plan to work hard to achieve our goal this year, and then when you hear from us it won’t be to ask for donations but to let you know about the great new programs and services we will be able to offer.
The Library is a service that does not have a financial barrier – our services are freely available and this will not change when our project is complete.
We are building for the future and with this addition, the 110-year old Carnegie building will go another 110 years before the public will be asked to support another fundraising drive.
In the weeks to come you will hear from us as to our progress. We will be announcing the honorary chairperson of our fundraising committee and some well-known authors who will be visiting Prince Edward County to help us to raise the funds to put the thermometer over the top. In addition to donations, we can use help in the following ways: join the fundraising committee, contribute your ideas for fundraising and share any granting opportunities of which you may be aware.
Everyone helping in small ways will help our library to grow. Challenge your group or work mates to contribute to a group donation. For more information, contact me, Barbara Sweet by phone (613) 476-5962 or e-mail [email protected].