Saturday, September 18, 2021
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
As the Friends of the Walworth-Seely Public Library, we help raise funds to fulfill the library’s needs. For more than a decade, the library has been in need of a larger space. The Library Board of Trustees has evaluated many different options over the years, and ultimately decided that it would be most cost effective to expand our current space in the Walworth Town Hall Complex. They began working with an architect in 2019 to design a 1,900 square foot addition that would help fulfill some of the library’s needs, including additional meeting room space, improved staff work areas, and increased storage. The library applied for a NYS Construction Aid grant, but did not receive the full match they were eligible for. With this in mind, they decided to scale down the design to 1,300 square feet.
The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021 brought many challenges to the project. Limits on having employees work together or meet in person caused delays in completing the plans and getting approval from the Town. Once they were able to put the project out for public bid, construction materials costs had skyrocketed, resulting in bids that were well over the budget and available funds. They are now working with the architects to modify the design and try to get some of the building costs down before they are ready to rebid the project. The goal is to get the cost down without losing any more square footage, and to make the space as usable as possible.
The community of Walworth deserves to have a larger and improved library space where the library staff can better serve you, but we need your help to reach our goal! Any donation large or small will make a difference. Thank you for your support!
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Monday, March 15, 2021
Because the pandemic has not stopped us –it only slowed us down a little - I would like to provide you with a current status from the Friends.
1. Unfortunately, we have had to postpone our spring book sale. We are hoping to hold one in the fall but it is too soon to confirm. We will let you know if and when that will happen.
2. Our Friends organization is alive and well! We have invested our book and baked food sale savings in anticipation of the library’s expansion.
3. Although the Friends Executive Board is not meeting at the present time, we continue to communicate via e-mail and telephone.
4. This e-mail is notice that membership dues were due in January.
1. Individual $ 5.00
2. Family $10.00
3. Patron $25.00
5. If you prefer, your donation could be earmarked for library expansion and you would remain a Friends member.
___ I/we are renewing our membership for 2021 and have enclosed a check payable to Friends of Walworth-Seely Public Library, P.O. Box 105, Walworth, NY 14568.
___ In lieu of dues, I/we have enclosed a check for the library’s expansion plan payable to Friends of Walworth-Seely Public Library, P.O. Box 105, Walworth, NY 14568.
Please include the words “Library Expansion” on the memo line on your check. The check will be deposited in a separate account we created for this purpose.
Thank you for your continued support to the Friends and to our library.