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Reshaping Our Information Station

Posted August 29, 2012 in Community Blogs, Grimes

If you haven’t heard it yet, you’ll soon be hearing the phrase “Reshaping our Information Station.”  The Grimes Public Library is getting ready to launch a capital campaign to fund library expansion efforts.  I have had many people ask about the status of our library addition and I’m happy tell you about it.

The current library is 6,439 square feet and well below the size that it should be for a city of our population size.  A library space study indicated that Grimes needs a 30,000 square foot library to meet expected population growth.  Original architure plans and estimates projected the cost of this library to be $10.5 Million.  It was determined that if the library could raise half of this, the city would allow the other half as a bond Issue, being put to the public for approval.  These initial plans included a large meeting room that included a kitchen, which could be split into 3 very accommodating meeting rooms.  The plans also included a large computer lab, a spacious children’s area, a quiet glassed in teen area, good line of site for parents and staff throughout the entire library, a special room for Storytimes so other meetings could be held at the same time as Storytimes, a reference desk, a children’s desk, a café for those studying to have a bite to eat and enjoy a cup of coffee or a drink, a new circulation system to adequately bring us into the 20th century for self-checkout and better access to library databases and your individual account, a drive up drop box which also had the capability to be a drive up ‘pickup’ spot, and new furnishings.  Also included was a super parking lot with no holes!

About a month into studying the financial feasibility of raising these funds, it was determined that $5 Million was not ‘feasible. The library board with input from the City Council reworked the plans so the library could be built in phases with the ultimate goal being the original plan.  Phase 1 of the library expansion includes a building of 20,000 square feet that still provides for the much needed space for additional computers, programming, meeting rooms, and of course books.

The capital campaign will start in the next few months.  Our goal for Phase 1 is to raise $2.5Million from private donations and grants.  If you have any questions about the library addition, please contact Library Director Karla Pfaff at karla@grimes.lib.ia.us or (515)986-3551.  We are affiliated with the Greater Des Moines Community Foundation and are a 501 (c) 3 organization.  If you would like to donate to the library, we will be offering many upcoming fundraising programs for your participation, or will gladly accept donations at this time.

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