In October of 2012, the Library Foundation acquired the Blue Mountain Junior High School* property in downtown John Day. It was purchased with private grants from the Shelk Advised Funds of the Oregon Community Foundation and the Shelk Foundation.
Feasibility studies - conducted by Skelton Straus and Seibert Architects - identified the northwest corner of the property as most suitable for a new, complete library facility: Located in the downtown core with convenient access to pedestrians and bicycles and large enough to accommodate a new library building, future expansion, parking and landscaping.
The proposed size of the new library building is 7,400 square feet, nearly twice that of the current facility. The cost of construction ( estimated in 2009) is approximately 1.7 million dollars.
The building will be designed to be managed by the current staff and will include expanded office space; an enlarged, comfortable reading area with good lighting; a meeting room for small group study; programs and video conferencing; computers for public use; space for special collections; greatly improved parking and a garage for the bookmobile. It will also be constructed to adapt to future library needs.
With your help, our goal is simply this: To build an energy-efficient, ADA compliant, user friendly library for Grant County residents that will serve them for many years to come.