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Library SPET Project Approved by Voters

Jackson, WY- Library staff, Foundation and volunteers are celebrating success of their Specific Purpose Excise Tax proposition, which was approved by voters in the Tuesday, Aug. 17 primary election. The proposition requested $8.45 million for an addition and renovation to the main library at 125 Virginian Lane.

“We’re thrilled voters have approved funding for our addition and renovation,” said Library Director Deb Adams. “People clearly value the library as an important community center. We’re excited to move forward and give patrons the space they’ve asked for which will provide more breathing room to learn, read and connect to the information they need.”

Volunteers working with the Library Foundation’s Political Action Committee, Citizens for Teton County Library, were an essential component of the campaign to advocate for the library project. “When nearly 100 people sign up to do not very glamorous jobs like make phone calls and personalize post cards, you realize what an important, exciting project you’re working on,” said Library Foundation Director Missy Falcey. “We provided information and a bit of training, but our volunteers embraced this effort with remarkable heart and vigor. This is their success, and by extension, the community’s.”

The voter-approved library project includes building an 11,000-square-foot addition and renovating the existing 24,000-square-foot building, parking lot and outdoor areas. The building project will create more space for books and other library materials, reading and study, computers and technology, community meeting rooms, and dedicated teen and children’s areas, which will be separated from quieter library spaces. The Library Board is planning for green building LEED certification. The library’s existing building systems will be replaced or modified to increase energy efficiency and to handle increasing loads from growing library use, especially in new technologies.

“Next steps for the project will be to complete project planning and construction documents, acquire the necessary Town permits, and bid the project by next summer,” said library Facility Manager Dail Barbour. “We will stay open throughout construction and continue to serve the public as we work on the addition and renovation.”

Regular building project updates will be available throughout the process to keep library users informed. For information or to sign up for regular email updates about the library’s addition and renovation, visit us online at http://www.tclib.org/addition, stop by the library at 125 Virginian Lane or call Deb Adams, Library Director, at 307-733-2164, ext. 128.
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