CLEARFIELD – Last month, staff members at the Joseph & Elizabeth Shaw Public Library celebrated 20 years in their current building.
“This beautiful building has served us well, and we certainly want that trend to continue well into the future,” says Jayme Stonbraker, library director.
“For this reason, we are asking the community to help us raise $250,000 for our 20/20 Capital Campaign. We appreciate pledges of all sizes, and hope that Clearfield and its surrounding communities will help us in supporting the library.”
Stonbraker explained the need to hold the Capital Campaign.
She says although the library is an attractive building, it is still affected by the elements, time and daily “wear and tear.” One of the biggest projects is the roof, which has reached the end of its lifespan.
According to her, there have already been several repaired leaks, and the time has come to replace the roof to avoid further damage and leaks. This large and expensive project will be taking place this summer, so that by fall the library will have a brand new roof.
To help with the cost, the library applied for a matching grant from the commonwealth.
Stonbraker says she is happy to announce that Shaw Library is the recipient of the Keystone Grant. It awards a matching grant to qualifying libraries that need to update their buildings or replace aging infrastructures.
“Even though the roof is a large undertaking, and the original reason for the campaign, there are other reasons that we need to reach our campaign goal of $250,000,” she explains.
“Even though the building may still look new, in reality it is 20 years old and used heavily on a daily basis. Any building with that kind of use is going to have things break, wear out or just stop working.”
Stonbraker says this means expensive fixes and replacements for items that are not always in the library’s budget. These items range from expensive replacement batteries for the fire alarm system, to new seals around the outer doors for better insulation.
In addition to taking care of our building, she says they also need to secure the financial future of the library, so that it can be continually enjoyed by many future generations to come.
She says the library does receive financial aid from the commonwealth, but it is not enough.
“Our state funding was cut dramatically in 2010 followed by more cuts in 2011. Since then, the funding has stayed level, but our expenses have not,” Stonbraker explains.
“Just like many others, our expenses have increased as our income continues to go down each year. It is our hope to raise the funds needed to turn things around, so that our income will cover the expenses in the years to come.”
She asked community members to consider joining the efforts to help the library.
She says people can find additional information online at www.ShawLibrary.org under the “Donate” tab. The library also has brochures and pledge forms available at the library and online.
“The Shaw Library is a busy place,” Stonbraker says. “Just last month, we had over 4,000 people walk through our doors; the wi-fi was accessed 554 times; the public computers saw 820 sessions; and we held 24 programs for children ages 6 months to five years.
“The library is a valuable asset to the community, and we invite you to join with us in ensuring that this legacy continues for many years to come.”