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Polson library needs extra boost

| November 10, 2022 12:00 AM

A library is one of those resources essential to a thriving community. Our own Polson library got its start in 1912 when the town was in its infancy and a group of women met in a home and voted to form a library association.

The library, with steadfast support from the community, has evolved from being housed in a corner of an office building then to a space in City Hall, and finally in 1989 to its own beautiful stand-alone building at a prime downtown location. Now, with nearly 6,000 current library cardholders and high volumes of people moving to the Flathead, a renovated library facility will become an even greater community asset.

The North Lake County Library Foundation’s (NLCLF) “Next Chapter Campaign” aims to raise $2 million to renovate the library so that it will be a community hub and center for lifelong learning. Some of the new features will be: increased space for children’s programming and a new area dedicated to teens; technology improvements, including more computers; Maker’s Space for creative exploration, including a 3D printer; improved seating and ADA-compliant entry and overall library design; a community meeting room; a coffee shop.

The Next Chapter Campaign has raised $1.6 million so far and has posted a Request for Qualifications for General Contractor/Construction Manager Services, a first step in starting actual construction in early 2023. Several major Montana construction companies have indicated they will be applying for this contract.

The project needs that extra boost of community support to get them across the finish line. Thinking of a gift? Now is the time to give. Visit their website for ways to direct your gift to this worthy project: www.polsonlibraryfoundation.org.

Penny Jarecki

Polson

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