Monday, July 18, 2011

Post-Crescent Editorial Board Agrees with Decision to Wait on Library Building Project

Current library opened in 1981.   And look how some of the numbers have grown.

Editorial: Appleton Public Library smart to put expansion on pause. (Appleton Post-Crescent, 7/18/2011)

Excerpt:  You’ve heard the economy isn’t doing very well, right?

So have the folks at the Appleton Public Library. They’ve decided to keep their busy facility as-is and to postpone the expansion or relocation they have been contemplating for a few years.

As much as we support the work done at the library, holding off on a multimillion-dollar project is a wise decision.

Actually, it could end up helping the library in the long run.

Library Director Colleen Rortvedt, who has been on the job for about six months, came to her conclusion by analyzing how the library project fits into the big picture. She saw that there are too many other projects competing for funding from the city of Appleton and private donors.

The exhibition center and Houdini Plaza upgrades seem to be at the center of attention right now.

We give Rortvedt credit for holding off, even though a new or revamped library would be great for Appleton residents.

Related articles:
Rortvedt provides context to P-C article on library expansion.  (7/7/2011)
New library placed on indefinite hold.  (7/6/2011)
On the need for a new library.  (2/4/2011)
Director responds to 'frequently observed misconceptions'. (12/4/2009)
Readers weigh in on new library. (11/9/2009)
Mayor provides his perspective on library planning process.  (10/7/2009)
Post-Crescent supports next step in library facilities planning process.  (10/6/2009)
Financing options for Appleton's library project.  (10/6/2009)
Potential sites for new library under discussion.  (10/4/2009)
Membership of capital facilities committee for library project approved.  (8/7/2009)
Terry Dawson's discusses Appleton library building project.  (7/16/2009)
Library building project update.  (6/18/2009)
Appleton's library planning escapes budget cuts.  (11/13/2008)
Post-Crescent endorses library design study.  (11/11/2008)
Study:  New library should be built downtown.  (7/10/2008)

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