The Bangor Public Library’s Building Committee estimates that the next phase of the $9-million “Yes for the Library” renovation and redesign campaign will break ground in June. The project, comprised of fixing the 101-year-old roof, upgrading the interior, and an adding to the Library’s endowment fund, is quickly approaching its fundraising goal.
“I’m happy to announce that we have under $100,000 left to reach our goal,” says Lisa Frazell, Director of Marketing and Development for the Library. “We are so thankful for the outpouring of support from our community, from individuals, businesses and organizations. We just need a few more generous gifts to help the Library bring about its vision that will better serve everyone in the Bangor area.”
The copper dome and roof project will be wrapping up in a matter of weeks and then the interior phase will begin. With enthusiastic approval from the city’s Historic Preservation Commission and a nod of approval from the state commission, the Building Committee is working on the final plans, which it hopes will lead to construction starting in June. The interior redesign, developed by Scott Simons Architects (Portland), addresses the needs of today’s patrons with an eye to having an agile building that will also serve future generations of library users. A glass atrium will be the most prominent feature of the redesign. It will grace the 1997 Robert A.M. Sterns addition. The Children’s Department will relocate from the first floor to the third floor, while the Local History Room will move from the third floor to the second floor. Drawings and floor plans are on display at the Library.
“We are so close to our goal,” says Barbara McDade, Library Director. “We know the Library has the support of our community and hope that those that haven’t been able to donate yet, can step up now. We really need everyone’s help.” For those that are interested, giving can be made over time. See the Library’s website for pledge periods and other ways of giving. For those who donate a minimum of $1,000, the name of their choosing will be etched on the Library’s glass donor wall. This feature is planned to be in or near the new glass atrium and will be a reminder for future generations of all who helped make the library free and open to all.
For more information call the Library at (207) 947-8336.