The library used the community event to launch a capital campaign for its expansion and renovations. That capital campaign is being called “Bricks.Books.Bytes.”
The intent is to add a two-story structure to the existing library building (bricks), nearly triple the size of the children’s area with enhanced offerings (books), and double the number of computers (bytes) for the benefit of library patrons, according to a news release.
The library board of trustees needs $1.7 million for the project and received a $1 million bequest from Waynesboro native Donald Nary. The news release said naming opportunities will be available and the public appeal will officially begin in September.
Library board member Barb Gaydick said she received good feedback from visitors picking up Frisbees and other campaign materials during Summer Jubilee.
“They’re very supportive, interested and anxious to see it get started,” she said.
The capital project will add 9,200 square feet to the library’s existing 9,800 square feet.
Library Board President Pat Groff said she was excited to spread public awareness about the expansion and renovations, which are expected to start at the end of August.
Gifts to the campaign will help fund renovation of the original 19th-century portion of the building providing for the opening of an existing fireplace for a reconfigured reading room, small rooms for tutoring, a new teen area and a dedicated children’s section with glass partitions separating it from the rest of the library, the news release stated.
Bricks.Books.Bytes. has its own Facebook page and those who “like” the site will be entered to win an Amazon Kindle in keeping with the campaign’s sub-theme “Kindle the future@alexander hamilton memorial free library.”