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Emmett Public Library Expansion Project (City of Emmett)

Thursday, August 27, 2015  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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After participating in a city-wide Green Audit & Feasibility Study in 2010, it became very apparent that the Emmett Public Library could be a viable model for green achievements and an expansion of this community facility would provide a far reaching impact.

In the study the library was found to be in a dated 1972 building, of which general maintenance was being performed with only a few modification improvements being made over the years to the library. Evaluating service needs showed, from 2010 to 2013, resource needs of the community and patron usage had increased by 26%. Goals addressing these findings included: expansion of the 7,313 square foot usable space of the library, while improving energy efficiencies, reducing cost to the city. This spurred a real grassroots effort to reach this achievement.

The City of Emmett increased Public Library Services with $328,823 expansion project, 100% paid for through donations, grants and city in-kind contributions outlay.

In conclusion, this project has contributed to the community of Emmett. By renovating and improving library size, with study & meeting areas, accessibility, and maximizing a private donation of funds, all to improve a needed resource for the rural community of Emmett. A community that has experienced tough economic times once again has a sense of pride in each and everyone’s heart. A vested partnership-grassroots project funded completely with donations, grants and in-kind efforts, giving a vital community facility an update that will allow growth for a prospering city enriching the lives of its people for generations to come.

For more info, contact:

Gordon Petrie

Mayor

208-365-6050

gpetrie@cityofemmett.org


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