Saturday, January 29, 2011

$35,000 Pledge to Help with Purchase of Land for New Library in New London

Personal pledge puts spark in library project. (Appleton Post-Crescent, 1/28/2011)

Excerpt: Cramped quarters within the public library and the museum, both located inside the Carnegie building on Pearl Street, have prompted city officials to discuss the future of the facility.

Studies were conducted in 2002 and 2009 to determine what was needed to properly serve the community. According to the 2009 study, a nearly 28,000-square-foot library is necessary. The current space is just short of 8,000 square feet.

With the city unable to fund such a large project due to budget concerns, a new library has been a distant hope — until now.

Library/museum board president Ron Steinhorst recently pledged a personal gift of $35,000 to help purchase land that has been selected by the board as the site for a future library. It lies directly across the street where a former auto parts store operated. The property is in foreclosure

Related articles:
Building project update.  (12/3/2010)
Council grants library board authority to choose site.  (7/19/2010)
New London library and museum plan unveiled.  (6/28/2010)

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