The Middleburg Library Advisory Board reports that the New Year holds the promise of great improvements for the Middleburg Library.
Board President Denis Cotter says, “we are nearing our target on fundraising. Thanks to almost 300 generous private contributors, we have raised over 92% of the $775,000 project cost in cash and pledges. We have also just secured a substantial line of credit from Middleburg Bank and have signed the fixed price contract with Sully Construction Co.”.
Next steps in the process are to obtain the final approval of the Loudoun County Public Library Board of Trustees and the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to proceed with construction. It is hoped that approvals will be concluded by the latter part of February, with actual construction beginning in March.
“Saint Patrick’s Day might be a grand day for a groundbreaking ceremony!”, Cotter remarked.
It will be a seven-month construction project, with grand opening sometime in the early Fall. The library will remain open during construction, except for a period of about two weeks when systems in the new and the old parts of the building are being integrated.
The project will basically double the size of the much-used, much-loved, but far-too-small library which was built in 1990 on land leased to the County by Middleburg Community Center.
The new library will be 4,540 square feet and will have lots of great new features: much expanded children’s space; a separate teen area; more library materials on display; better adult browsing experience; more computer stations; a meeting room for library programs; more places to sit, read, or use the library’s free Internet access; more space for the superb staff to continue their excellent work of serving the community.
Much more information about the project is available at www.middleburglibrary friends.org. Contributions, which are tax-deductible, are still welcome and can be made via the website or directly to Middleburg Library Advisory Board, PO Box 1823, Middleburg, VA 20118.
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