The Aberdeen Public Library Foundation was formed in 1993 as a way to accept and manage gifts bequeathed to the Library. Since that time, the assets have grown to over $1.1 million. A portion of the assets were used to help purchase the land for the new library in 2011 ($350,000) in conjunction with the City of Aberdeen. The Foundation has created a Friends Society and solicits members to give on an annual basis. These assets are conjoined with the total Foundation assets to provide ongoing support to the library. The Library makes special requests of the Foundation to help bring noted authors to Aberdeen or to help sponsor special events.
The Library Foundation will invest a portion of its assets into the new building, but will retain an endowment to perpetually fund technology needs above and beyond the city’s budget. A library of the future, especially one rooted in the digital, technological era, must never skip a beat when it comes to accessing technology.
In 2015 the Foundation launched the Beyond Books, Providing Access for All, campaign to raise $2.1 million to help the city of Aberdeen afford the new $8 million library. To become a member of the Friends Society, stop into the library to pick up a brochure. To make a gift to the Beyond Books campaign contact Troy McQuillen (605-226-3481).
The Foundation is a 501c(3) non profit and is not affiliated with the city or the library legally or financially.
PRESIDENT, Troy McQuillen (email@example.com)
VICE PRESIDENT, Maeve King
TREASURER, Lavonne Miller
SECRETARY, Elizabeth Bollinger
LIBRARY DIRECTOR, Shirley Arment
After much discussion, meeting, planning, and studying, here is the proposed floor plan for Aberdeen’s New Public Library. It is all on one level now, with a large, interactive children’s area that opens up to an outdoor play area of over 800 square feet. Teens will have a dedicated space and the adult area will be enormous, wide open and full of natural light. Most unique is the multipurpose kitchen area that will be great for demonstrations and classes. Take a look!
Once the construction documents are finished, the Aberdeen City Council will vote to advertise for bids. When the bids come in, and they are within the targeted budget, the city council will again vote to finance and construct the new library. This could all take place by this fall. Construction could start in spring of 2016.
Many are asking how they can help. Write letters to the American News, and city councilors. Visit the city council at 5:30 on Monday evenings to speak in support of the new library. There is a public forum at the beginning of each council meeting. Just sign in and say a few quick words about how you use the library and how much better Aberdeen will be with a new, modern facility (or say what you like!). We want to keep positive momentum going forward.
During this time frame, the Library Foundation will be raising $2.1 million to help the city afford the $8 million total project. Yes, money will need to be raised. We will be asking the Aberdeen public and business community to support the cause. If possible, get your place of employment to mount a donation from employees, get your social clubs to contribute, have day care kids save their pennies. We hope to raise a substantial portions from area foundations and key individuals, but we want everyone to have chance to be a part of the Beyond Books Campaign. You don’t need anyone’s permission to raise money, but just keep us in the loop. We may have some prizes or swag we can offer.
More details to come on the floor plan for Aberdeen’s new public library.