SYCAMORE — The Mohawk Community Library Board of Trustees voted Monday evening to proceed with the proposed library meeting room expansion. The 2,360-square foot addition will include additional restrooms, along with a kitchenette, mechanical room and storage area.
The $300,000 project will be paid for with $125,000 from the library’s building and repair fund, $50,000 from the Mohawk Community Library Foundation and $55,000 from the late Ruth Earle’s estate. No real estate operating levy monies will be used for this expansion and no additional taxes will be requested. The library’s board of trustees will be forming a Special Edition II capital campaign fundraising committee in the next few weeks to raise the remaining $70,000 needed for this meeting room project. Community volunteers interested in being a part of this committee should contact library director Susan Runion.
“Library programming for children, youth and adults has outgrown our available space in the past year,” Runion said. “When you get 65 active children and adults attending family fun night or nearly 30 children for reading programs while other patrons are using the library, it gets crowded and noisy.”
The meeting room will allow library programming to be expanded to include more technology-based classes and movie events, as well as children, youth and adult activities. The meeting room will be made available to community organizations, area businesses and industries when not being used for library activities.
The capital campaign officially will be launched at the Library Family Fun Fest to be held July 13. Tax-deductible donations may be given to the Mohawk Community Library Foundation for this project or to the Mohawk Community Library Building Fund.