Even with the advent of electronic media (and in some cases because of it), Library physical space is limited, as the demand for books and other services continues to increase. Additional area is needed in order for the Library to adequately serve the growing needs of the community. More space is needed for children and teen programs, books, Internet/research areas, and administration space.
Currently, there is a Capital Improvement Campaign in progress with the goal of raising $3 million to meet these needs. The five-year campaign, which is seeking tax-deductible contributions from individuals, foundations, and area businesses, is being conducted by the Pound Ridge Library Foundation. In response to the economic conditions which began at the end of 2008, the capital campaign has been extended. The core of the campaign will be voluntary contributions which donors can make in a single installment or with formal three or five year pledges. $750,000 has been raised so far.
GOAL FOR EXPANSION
The goal is to construct an additional 4,000 square feet of space as well as to renovate the existing spaces. Revision of the layout and design of the spaces to include:
- More defined area for story hour/other programs
- More space for collections/technology
- New furnishings, storage, display
- Tutoring space
- Study area
- Collections (especially periodicals and graphic novels)
- Communications area/gaming area
- Area for expanded non-book collection (CDs, DVDs, audio books, etc) – goal completed
- Create quiet reading area for adults
- Establish a defined reference/information area
- Adult computer center
- Return mystery section to upstairs main area
- Administration space/efficiencies including Director’s office and staff work room
- Upgrade lighting, carpeting, furnishings where needed
- Improved or new kitchen for public programs and community activities
- Efficient storage area for cleaning supplies, etc
- More parking
The Library is a much-loved, heavily-used facility. Year after year it ranks in the top 10 in per capita circ among the 38 Westchester libraries, attesting to its vital role in the community. (In 2009, the Library ranked 5th per capita.) The Library has come a long way since its founding in 1952 with a collection of 3,000 books – to the cultural center of activities that it is today. To meet the changing needs of the 21st century, however, more space is essential. The Library’s goal remains the same – to provide high quality service to the Pound Ridge community.