DONNELLY LIBRARY PURCHASES NEIGHBORING LOTDONNELLY, ID – The Donnelly Public Library District has purchased the lot just east of the library, providing the library greater opportunity as it moves forward in its expansion plans“Acquiring this additional space puts the library in a much better position long term, with greater flexibility and more opportunities to make a more significant addition to the library,” said Laura Bettis, Donnelly Public Library Board Chair.The District has been working toward expanding the library for the last couple of years. Through strategic planning and the work of the Building Committee, preliminary plans had been made and architects were being solicited. Then, the owner of the lot neighboring the library reached out to Bettis and indicated she would be interested in selling to the library. Unable to pass up this opportunity, the Board reopened the budget this fall in order to accommodate the purchase. The library had approximately $122,000 of private donations and grants saved for the building project. Approximately $76,500 of those funds will go towards lot purchase.“If you’ve stepped into our little Library, you know that space has been a challenge. This purchase will provide opportunity for us to grow into ourselves, and immediately provide space for an outdoor classroom. With additional ‘breathing room,’ we hope to be able to resume some programming,.” said Sherry Scheline, Library Director.The library is currently just under 1,000 square feet and serves an average of 635 patrons per month. The local fire officials determined the maximum occupancy of the building is 16, so currently programs and events are held outside regardless of weather.
The Donnelly Public Library District is dedicated to providing a welcoming, enriching and comprehensive learning center to all members of the community. Please visit us in person, or online: donnellylibrary.orgSee article in the Star News Thursday, November 19th, 2020