Capital Campaign

CAMPAIGN FACTS:  WHY WE NEED TO RENOVATE OUR LIBRARY — NOW

The Town of Marblehead faces critical infrastructure needs at the Library (last updated in 1989)

  • Elevator/Electrical/Fire Alarm & Protection/HVAC/ADA Access/Stairs/Surface-Storm Run-0ff/ Parking Lot

The Town of Marblehead deserves a first-class library that offers up-to-date services, in a facility which is comfortable & has diverse settings for patrons of all ages

  • The current site is preferred by most community members because of its central location on the bus line & close to schools
  • The current space is adequate for our needs, but must be redesigned & renovated to serve 21st century demands

WHAT WE PROPOSE TO DO

Attend simultaneously to critical infrastructure replacement and to the redesign/renovation of the Library

Entry Station/ Fireplace Café/Information Zone/ Quiet Nooks / Meeting Areas/ Study Spaces/ Tutor Areas/ Teen Center/ Maker Space/ Garden Access/ More and improved technology platforms

HOW WE PROPOSE TO DO IT

Continue a long-standing Marblehead practice of funding the Library through a combination of Private & Public funds

GOAL:  $9M

TIMELINE

  1. 18 month fund-raising campaign with small informative gatherings at private homes, collecting pledges which will be re-confirmed with Town-wide approval for municipal funding of the project
  2. 18 month advocacy campaign for the library organized by community leaders
  3. Preview presentation at the May, 2019 Town Meeting, of things to come at the Library
  4. Action Article at the May, 2020 Town Meeting requesting funding & presenting private pledges
  5. Begin construction in 2021, to be completed by 2022