LIBRARY FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER, 01-17-2018
Wondering about the process the Library Foundation is going through in order to bring Grant County a new, updated home for our wonderful library services? Here's a rundown of where we are, and what's next in the process:
2009 – Feasibility study and funding plan
2012 – Purchased Blue Mt Junior High property
2013 – Abatement of hazardous materials in building
2014 – Sold east half of property including main school building
2016 – Completed preliminary design of new library
Summer 2017 – Start of Grant County Library Foundation Capital Campaign
Winter 2018 – Completion of capital campaign fundraising event
Spring 2019 – Detailed design of building, grounds completed, and planning for construction.
Summer 2019 – Construction
Fall 2019 – Move in and Grand Opening!
NEW LIBRARY FAQS
WHY DO WE NEED A NEW LIBRARY?
While the current library has been a wonderful asset to Grant County, the building no longer meets the needs of the community or current library standards. The new building will be larger with a more open floor plan so that the library staff can see and monitor patrons using the facility. It will be energy efficient and ADA compliant. There will be a small conference room and a larger makerspace for classes, meeting and educational programs. Quiet corners for reading will be available. An expanded and inviting children’s collection and story time area will be added.
WILL THIS AFFECT MY PROPERTY TAXES?
No. The library is a service provided by Grant County and financed by the county general fund. The dollars needed to build the new building will come from donations, grants, fundraisers and in-kind work.
AREN’T LIBRARIES BECOMING OBSOLETE?
Research shows that libraries are valuable to communities and are not obsolete. More than just books and computers, libraries are places where individuals gather, interact, and learn. They provide resources, access to information and technology, and life-long learning opportunities that are free of charge for community members.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE EXISTING LIBRARY?
The current library building is the property of Grant County. The County Court will determine its future use.
WILL THE NEW FACILITY COST MORE TO RUN THAN THE CURRENT LIBRARY?
The new library design includes updated systems to enable the library to expand programs and services while controlling operating costs. This will lead to a decrease in power usage combined with energy efficiency gains through new windows and better insulation. The addition of solar energy technology will further decrease energy costs long-term and increase the buildings’ efficiency.
HOW CAN I STAY INFORMED AND/OR HELP WITH THE PROJECT?
Find out more about our project and stay up-to-date on events by liking us on facebook!
LIBRARY FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER, 04-01-2015
Grant County Library Foundation's Read-A-Thon
April 12-18, 2015
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Grant County Library Foundation would like to invite your child to participate in our third annual Read-A-Thon. We designed this event to encourage students to read, and to help the Grant County Library Foundation build a new library.
To participate in the Read-A-Thon, your student will ask family members, friends and neighbors to sponsor their reading during the week of April 12-18. For every page that your student reads, the sponsor will donate money to the Grant County Library Foundation's building project. This is a great way to promote the joy of reading, plus develop pride in community service.
The Grant County Library Foundation is fundraising for the construction of a new library for our county. With funds from previous donations, fundraisers and grants, we have already purchased the property on Canton Street in John Day. Now we need to continue our efforts so that the building can be designed and built to meet the current and future needs of our county. Please encourage your student to help us move this project forward. A new library will benefit all in Grant County, from students to the elderly, and job seekers to employers. A library is an essential part of every community.
Participants in the Read-A-Thon will need a packet containing information for potential sponsors, a sponsor form and a tracking sheet (see the downloads section of this website). The student will use the Information Sheet when talking with potential sponsors to help explain the purpose of the Read-A-Thon. The Tracking Sheet is to record the number of pages read, including the date and time of the reading and the title of the book or article. We ask that you verify your student's reading record by initialing in the right column. The Sponsor Form is used to list their donor's names, phone numbers, and pledged amount. Sponsors may pledge per page or a single amount for participation. The pledged amount will be collected by the student from their sponsors as soon as possible after April 18th. Checks should be made payable to Grant County Library Foundation. The checks or money from sponsors, tracking form and sponsor form should be turned in to the school by April 24th. Forms are available from your school, the Grant County Library, online at GCLibraryFoundation.com or by accessing the Grant County Library Foundation's Facebook page. If you have questions, contact Tracie Unterwegner of the Grant County Library Foundation, 541-575-1219.
Each student that participates in the Read-A-Thon will receive recognition from their school plus a thank you bookmark from the Foundation.
Thank you for encouraging your student to read, and helping the Grant County Library Foundation build a new library.
LIBRARY FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER, 01-18-2015
January 2, 2015
From: Grant County Library Foundation
* Tracie Unterwegner, 541-575-1219,
* Megan Brandsma, 541-575-0200,
The Grant County Library Foundation (Library Foundation) has received a grant from The Oregon Community Foundation\'s (OCF) participating funds. The funders contributing to this grant are the Jerome S and Barbara Bischoff Library Subfund, the Shelk Fund, and the Ward Family Fund. The total of the grant is $20,000,
For a number of years the Library Foundation has been working towards building a new library building for Grant County. In 2012, they purchased property on Canton Street in John Day for the new building, completing Phase I. Since then, the Library Foundation has been working to raise money to continue this project, holding fundraisers and accepting donations from community members. With the additional funding from this grant, the Library Foundation will now be able to hire an architect to prepare the preliminary design for the new Grant County Library building, in preparation for the launch of a capital campaign (Phases II and III).
The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individual, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds OCF awards nearly $70 million annually in grants and scholarships.
The Oregon Community Foundation makes grants through an application process that involves local citizens in the review and evaluation of requests for funds. Application materials are available through the foundation\'s Portland office. Individuals or businesses interested in establishing a fund may contact the Bend office at 15 SW Colorado Avenue, Suite 375, Bend, OR 97702, 541.382.1170 or visit
The Grant County Library Foundation appreciates the support of OCF\'s Board of Directors and their participating funds.