Documentation

Time to Grow—For a Lifetime of Learning
The Case for the Library Expansion and the Foundation Capital Campaign

Excerpted from the West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc. Capital Campaign Booklet.
A full PDF of the Capital Campaign Booklet (18 pages, 1.3M) can be downloaded here.
West Tisbury Library Foundation, Inc. Capital Campaign

I. PROJECT AND CAMPAIGN OVERVIEW
The West Tisbury Free Public Library preserves, enriches, and renews the intellectual, cultural, and social life of West Tisbury. But the  current space had become so outgrown and so poorly configured that the library could no longer serve the community effectively. The library badly needed  to be expanded and remodeled. State, town, and private funds will be used to fund the necessary improvements. The award on July 14, 2011, of $2.98 million from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners combined with the generous contributions of many donors has pushed the existing total of funds raised past the one-half mark. An aggressive campaign to raise the remaining private funds – $1.8 million – in order to meet the state’s matching funds requirements was successfully completed on January 31, 2012. At its Annual Town Meeting in April of 2012, the Town of West Tisbury approved its share, $1.5 million, completing Phase 1 of the funding for the basic construction.

Phase 2 of the fund-raising is now under way to cover peripheral (but important) features of the expanded library: namely the parking lot, landscaping, and library furnishings.

The Library Serves the Community in Significant and Essential Ways

A vital, intellectually engaged, and community-oriented village
West Tisbury is an exceptionally vital, intellectually engaged, and community-oriented village; it is also remotely situated on an Island, growing and changing rapidly, and lacking in many services and institutions customarily found in more urban or mainland areas. The West Tisbury Library helps maintain the town’s unique advantages and makes up for many services or facilities the town lacks. More…

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Preliminary Plans
Click here to download Oudens Ello Architecture’s latest preliminary plan for the Library’s proposed 2013 expansion.

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