The Somerset County Library System was awarded a County Public Library Capital Grant to complete the design phase for a new Crisfield Library branch in Fiscal Year 2013. In Fiscal Year 2014, $3 million from the County Library Capital Grant Program was awarded to the library to begin construction and Somerset County is funding $370,787 to meet the required match. At the same time, the County, City, library, and a group of dedicated volunteers are embarking on a capital campaign designed to raise funds to help with construction cost and sustainability costs.
The New Library will:
*Increase from 3,249 sq. ft. to approximately 15,000 sq. ft
*Offer a broader collection of materials
*Provide quality programming for all ages - toddler to senior, including story times for preschoolers, genealogical research, history seminars, music performances, and special Summer Reading programs
*Enhance educational opportunities, by providing added space for programs and for additional computers and technology
*Offer meeting space for nonprofit and community groups for workshops, training, and group meeting
*Provide better computer access - with the addition of up to 30 computers support of educational initiatives will be provided, it will be easier to engage in on-line job training, resume building and job searches.
How you can help:
*Support can also come in the form of a pledge, donating a specific amount of money to be paid over a fixed schedule. A pledge must be confirmed in writing and is morally binding and serves as the basis for financial, construction, and renovation commitments.
*Finally, you can be a good ambassador for the project. Letting your friends and acquaintances know about the Campaign can help bring new donors to the table!
For more information, please call (410) 651-0852.
Check back periodically to get updates on the progress of the project and the overall schedule.
Funding provided by the County Library Capital Grant Program, Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and Services.