Archive for Friday, December 16, 2011

Lawrence Public Library nears goal of raising $1 million

Rendering of Lawrence Public Library entry on the south side. This view shows the southeast corner looking to the northwest.

Rendering of Lawrence Public Library entry on the south side. This view shows the southeast corner looking to the northwest.

December 16, 2011


A $1 million campaign to raise funds for an expanded Lawrence Public Library is nearly complete, library leaders announced Friday.

The Library Foundation announced it has raised $960,000 of the $1 million goal. The campaign has attracted more than 200 donors, with gifts ranging from a few dollars to a $100,000 donation from the Ross and Marianna Beach Foundation.

“The people in Lawrence are incredibly generous,” said Joan Golden, chairwoman of the library’s fundraising campaign. “The response to the library’s campaign has been overwhelming. People are just walking in with gifts, and every day we receive donations in the mail.”

Kathleen Morgan, development director for the library foundation, said she hopes the campaign will reach its goal by the end of the year.

“It would be a wonderful holiday gift,” Morgan said.

Once the campaign is completed, Morgan said, the library will release a list of donors who have bought naming rights to portions of the library. The library offered naming opportunities — beginning with a $25,000 donation — to several areas of the library including reading rooms, meeting rooms, technology areas, the children’s room and others.

The library expansion is slated to be a $19 million project, with $18 million of the project funded through a city bond issue approved by voters. The project will involve adding about 20,000 square feet of new space, renovating all existing spaces and building a new parking garage.

Morgan said the $1 million in private donations will be used to provide enhancements to several areas of the library, including the outdoor plaza, the technology area, the children’s room, the young-adult area, and the addition of technology to make the library more green-friendly.


motercyclejim 6 years, 5 months ago

I canot beleive Lawrence is spending monney on this!!!!!!1 we dont need a librarry we need less taxxes!! why do we need books when only the collage studdents reed! why are we paying for this new librarry we dont need it dosnt make sence!!!!!!!!!!!

phoggyjay 6 years, 5 months ago

Learn how to spell, then people might take your comments seriously.

motercyclejim 6 years, 5 months ago

Ok I mispelled believe dont be so picky!!! jeeez!!!

voevoda 6 years, 5 months ago

If you used the library more, motersyclejim, then you'd write better, with correct grammar, correct spelling, and more cogent expression. You're actually an advertisement for why Lawrence does need a library. Most Lawrencians are smart enough to take advantage of it; I recommend that you do, too.

livinginlawrence 6 years, 5 months ago

I'll go out on a limb here and suggest that "motercyclejim" was attempting to poke fun at those who have opposed the library project, and that he/she is perfectly aware of the many misspellings in his/her comment. Just a hunch.

Lawrence Morgan 6 years, 5 months ago

With all due respect to motercyclejim, NOT only college students read books. People of all ages read books, from very young to very old, and they benefit greatly from them.

My problem is that there is one main library. It is very difficult to get to on winter days, especially. When parents only have one car or the bus, young people - actually people of all ages - can't get to the library to read.

I would much prefer a number of small regional libraries, one or two rooms, throughout the city. This would allow people of all ages, including seniors, the chance to spend time in the library when they find it difficult, because of weather or not enough buses, to get to one downtown location.

And don't forget about the DVDs and CDs. These could be held elsewhere and then checked to the main and regional libraries as people want them. People could contribute additional DVDS and CDs for general use. I, for one, especially appreciate British, Russian and African DVDs, of which there are not many in this city.

There are different strokes for different folks. Perhaps you may not appreciate books, but you can appreciate DVDs and CDs, especially when renting them becomes more and more expensive.

And you wouldn't want the young people not to have books to read. That's one of the basics for education.

You can still have the main library, but I hope that the foundation will think about other locations throughout the city as well so that the entire population could be served, and not just an elite few!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 5 months ago

I think there are copyright issues that prevent the library from accepting donations of CD's and DVD's, or at least, that's what I've been told.

Rich Noever 6 years, 5 months ago

I don't think they are thinking about regional libraries. I agree we need them more than building some monument to deficit spending. We are being taxed to death!

irvan moore 6 years, 5 months ago

none of the people in the pictures look like the people you really see at the library

JackMcKee 6 years, 5 months ago

I thought the homeless shelter had already met its fundraising goal.

James Minor 6 years, 5 months ago

Building a new library is the right thing to do. Today's economy is suffering and when it improves there needs to be a place for those that don't have access to the tools that will make marketable. Several of the people going to the library are in need of access to new information. For those that complain, like the republicans - Newt, Mitch, and the rest of the misfits, the renovation will provide those who are struggling with a chance to improve. Which is better than, wait and see politics, survival of the fittest, and Obama care won't work, solutions.

earthenvessel 6 years, 5 months ago

I love this library! So glad the goal is closer to being reached.

JackMcKee 6 years, 5 months ago

Lawrence may not have good jobs or a solid housing market but we will at have the nicest buses and library in a six state area.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 6 years, 5 months ago

It is great when the liberals demand you support the arts, artists, authors, musicians, while at the same time demanding to use their products for free, purchased with tax dollars. If you want to read a book, then buy the damn thing. This supports the author and puts tax dollars into the system.

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