Hedberg Library decides to launch capital campaign

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

JANESVILLE--The Hedberg Public Library after the new year will launch a fundraising campaign to pay for a multimillion-dollar remodeling project.

One week after a consultant assured library officials that it could pull off a campaign to fund a $2.5 million to $3.5 million remodeling project, the library's board of trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to do it.

“I think it's a good thing for downtown,” said Jim Farrell, a member of both the library board and the Janesville City Council.

If the cost of the project ultimately is nearer to $2.5 million, the library would have to raise about $1.5 million from outside sources, library Director Bryan McCormick estimated last week.

McCormick said Tuesday the library will begin putting together a capital campaign committee in January.

The library will spend 2016 building an awareness campaign and securing major gifts from donors that would total 85 percent of the fundraising goal.

In spring 2017, the library plans to raise the remainder by appealing to the general public.

The remodeling would include creating access to the library's program room directly from the building's entrance. With the rest of the building sealed off, that accessibility would allow evening programs to extend past the library's business hours.

Also in the plans are installing a more centrally-located information desk, new areas for studying and meetings, technology upgrades and an expanded teen center.

McCormick has said the library will not have to close during the remodeling. If the campaign goes according to plan, work could begin in late 2017 and extend into 2018.

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