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Friends of the Winthrop Public Library Case for Support

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Case for Support for a new Winthrop Library presented to the Winthrop Town Council Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

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Friends of the Winthrop Public Library Case for Support

  1. 1. WINTHROP LIBRARY CASE FOR SUPPORT Presented by Rachel Macmorran, Project Manager Prepared by Shannon Huffman Polson, Board Chair
  2. 2. Any Media History Decades of service to the Winthrop and extended community Locations moved from a private home, to the Town Hall, to Little Star Montessori, to its current location intended to be temporary Largest circulation of any library in the NCRL system, and highest in the state for a like-sized community Identified thoroughly inadequate current space for current and projected population growth Any Media
  3. 3. Any Media Mission Building a library, Building a legacy cultivating community, literacy and learning Any Media
  4. 4. Any Media The library is (or should be) the heart of a community Challenges Rural technology divide Crisis of rural isolation Compartmentalized community No opportunity for technology training and access No public space Recognized deficit in spaces to facilitate healthy aging in community Some valley children are without homes or safe places to study 30% of valley students do not have internet access for their homework Lack of available space and programming does not support students or adults
  5. 5. Any Media Opportunities Mitigate the technology divide Reduce rural isolation Build community Strengthen economy with technology training and access Open opportunities to learners of all ages Facilitate healthy aging in community with free public space to gather and learn Foster intergenerational relationships Any Media “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” ― Andrew Carnegie
  6. 6. Any Media What this means for Winthrop Strengthened local economy Stronger community bonds=greater resiliency Greater perceived tourist value=increased tourist dollars Any Media
  7. 7. Any Media Where should the library be located? Central Visible Walkable Accessible Any Media
  8. 8. Any Media Managing our public space Fundraising will include a 4% building fund for major repairs Contract with North Central Regional Library will provide maintenance and cleaning for the facility based on square footage FoWL will work with the Town of Winthrop and NCRL to determine best management structure Any Media
  9. 9. Any Media High level timeline overview Site selection and purchase must occur before additional work can be accomplished Any Media Needs assessment 2017-2018 Programming study and recommendations- Fall 2018 Provides specific recommendations for the library based on community feedback and best practices Site selection and purchase Construction Schematic design approx 4 months Community Engagement and Charette Provides design, budget and timeline Design phase approx 6 months
  10. 10. Any Media A Library Partnership Community buy-in and support is strong Donor engagement is strong Donor engagement is built on an enthusiasm for partnership with the Town of Winthrop and NCRL Competitive grant applications require town investment With all of us on board, this is going to happen! Any Media
  11. 11. Any Media winthroplibraryfriends.org

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