New Library and Refurbished Community Center
The Willow community is working to secure funding for a Library and Community Center upgrade that will give Willow a modern, up-to-date library and a refurbished, updated community center that will make an impact on this community for many years. Renovation plans would demolish the current library, then rebuild a new library twice the size with separate areas for kids, teens, and adults as well as a large meeting area.
The $5.6 million project also includes improvements to the adjoining community center that include a new sprinkler system, new siding, flooring and acoustic ceiling tiles with upgraded bathrooms.
Willow Library Association members are especially grateful to the Mat-Su Health Foundation for a $1.7 million grant that will fund a third of the project but in order to use this grant, we must have 90 percent of the funds secured.
The Mat-Su Borough has budgeted nearly $1 million for the project and the Willow Library Association continues to solicit donations and apply for grants from other organizations.
“It’s important people understand that funders, like the Rasmusson Foundation where we intend to apply, want a significant contribution from the public sector, the borough or the state.” ~ Bill Mailer, Willow Library Association Vice Chair
Previously the State of Alaska has paid for half of the library projects in Talkeetna and Sutton. With the state of the economy now that’s not possible. We need your financial support to make ensure this project will happen.
Every donation, big and small, demonstrates community support and propels us toward our goal. Show your support and make a donation right now.
A Beautiful New Library and Updated Community Center
Project upgrades include:
- completely new structure with twice as much square footage and room for more seating and tables
- a separate Teen Area and separate Children’s Area
- a small Business Center
- a Small Conference Room
- a Multi-Purpose Conference Room with seating for up to 30, with kitchenette and adjacent storage for tables and chairs (to fill the gap between the small meeting room that can seat eight and the large hall in the Community Center that seats up to 300)
- upgraded circulation desk with staff workroom
- new outdoor, covered seating area
- a planting area, lawn, and landscaping to include trees
- new exterior siding and trim with heavy timber and wood elements
- sidewalks around with drive-up book drop and defined disabled parking areas
- new roof with better runoff routes and ventilation to minimize drainage issues and glaciation
- additional restrooms in the library
- new exterior siding and trim to match library upgrade with heavy timber and wood elements
- automatic sprinkler system throughout the building
- improved paving
- new parking lot lighting
- new flooring in the Community Center and entry
- new acoustic tile ceiling
- new LED lighting
- 2 new multi-purpose restrooms