Saturday, July 16, 2011

Pontiac Public Library Continues to Look for a New Home

Pontiac City Council to assist in library move. (Oakland Press, 7/16/2011)

Excerpt:    The library board voted last October to begin researching the move. A community survey, visioning sessions and a town hall have since taken place to determine what residents want for the library.

The feasibility study to identify possible opportunities is slated to come to an end soon, but Waterman said they are still seeking assistance.

Elected leaders were being approached to assist in finding potential donors and opportunities that may have gone overlooked.

Councilwoman Mary Pietila questioned how the library would be able to afford new facilities and increased programming once the tax levy has ended.

The funding provided to the library has included obtaining grants from multiple sources, said Waterman, adding the staff is experienced with using creative methods to implement the limited operating funds.

A suggestion by Councilman Kermit Williams to consider a city center complex — where City Hall and the library would be in one location — met with interest from Waterman.

“We're not getting any use out of this decrepit building,” Williams said

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