South Suburban Branch Library Grand Opening!
We had a spectacular and well-attended Grand Opening Ceremony on June 23, 2014. See our Flickr Gallery for photos.
Groundbreaking Ceremony October 16th for South Suburban Branch Project
All public were invited to a groundbreaking ceremony in celebration of the new South Suburban Branch Library project. The celebration took place Wednesday, October 16th at 11:30am at the new library location on the corner of Summers Lane and Winter Avenue. PHOTO GALLERIES are available on our Facebook Page.
Since 2011, the Klamath County Library Foundation has been working on the project to offer more space for the public by renovating and expanding the former Salvation Army meeting hall and food bank into a new South Suburban Branch Library. The new library, located at 4243 Winter Avenue off Summers Lane, will be able to accommodate cultural programs such as art exhibits and musical performances and community-building events. It will allow for more public Internet computer stations and provide a safe and comfortable space for children. The library foundation is still seeking local donations from businesses and individuals to renovate the purchased property. Grants and fundraising for the project have enabled the library foundation to stay on the construction schedule with the opening tentatively scheduled for April 2014.
The Klamath County Library Foundation is generously supported in the project by:
For more information about the project or to contribute, please call Library Director Nathalie Johnston at 541-882-8894 ext 26.
- The Ford Family Foundation
- Meyer Memorial Trust
- Oregon Community Foundation
- Collins Foundation
- Gordon Elwood Foundation
- Autzen Foundation
- NEW Charitable Foundation
- Dorothy Collier Foundation
- Avista Foundation
Library Foundation Awarded $100,000 Grant for South Suburbs Project
The Klamath County Library Foundation was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the Ford Family Foundation Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation. Bob Davies, Treasurer, was notified by a letter from Max Williams, President and CEO of the Oregon Community Foundation on August 14th that the library foundation will be receiving the grant.
“We are happy to be moving ahead on the project to renovate the south suburban property and be able to stay on the construction schedule!” said Mr. Davies.
The Klamath County Library Foundation hosted an island party fundraiser in June raising $4000 toward the south suburban library project. Examples of community involvement such as the June fundraiser, along with involvement by individual foundation members, are an integral component of obtaining grants from larger foundations. The library foundation is still seeking local donations from businesses and individuals.
$30,000 Grant Award from Oregon Community Foundation Helps Library Renovation
The Klamath County Library Foundation was recently awarded a grant of $30,000 for the renovation of the library property that will be used for a new South Suburban Library. The grant was provided by the Oregon Community Foundation.
The property for the new library is located at 4243 Winter Avenue off Summers Lane. Ken Masten, Foundation Chairman, Cindy Williams, Interim Library Director, and Christy Davis, Supervising Librarian were present to accept the Oregon Community Foundation check. Full funding of the goal amount of $340,000 has been nearly reached with the current funding at $255,000.
Since 2011 the Klamath County Library Foundation has been working on the project to offer more space for the public by renovating and expanding the former Salvation Army meeting hall and food bank into a new South Suburban Branch Library. The new library will be able to accommodate cultural programs such as art exhibits and musical performances and community-building events. The completed library will allow for more public internet computer stations and provide a safe and comfortable space for children. Story times and early literacy programs for preschoolers as well as class visits, after-school programs and homework help for school age children will be provided as the new building is located within walking distance of three elementary schools, a junior high and high school. The Foundation hopes to open the new library in the fall of this year.
In southern Oregon alone OCF provides 148 charitable funds, a value of endowment of $103.2 million to Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake counties. Grants and scholarships to the region in 2012 were $5.52 million. Over 200 volunteers work with the organization in southern Oregon.
Ken Masten, Christy Davis and Cindy Williams(L-R)
Klamath County Library Foundation Receives Avista Grant
Steve Vincent, Oregon Regional Business Manager and Avista Foundation Representative visited the Klamath County Library Wednesday, April 17, to personally deliver a letter of intent to award the Klamath County Library Foundation a grant of $3000. Representing the foundation were Ken Masten, Chair and Andy Swanson, Secretary. The award is contingent on the Library Foundation raising 80% of the total amount needed for the renovation of property for a new South Suburban library.
Ken Masten, Steve Vincent and Andy Swanson (L-R)
South Suburban Fundraising Campaign
History: In 2001, the South Suburban Branch Library started operating in a rented storefront building in the Town & Country Shopping Center. Since 2004 the usage at this branch has increased significantly. The rented building does not have an accessible restroom, the space is long and narrow, and there is no room for meeting space. The children's area is small, and storytime programs and craft projects spill over into the rest of the library. Because it is a rental, the library cannot make any changes to the floor plan and the building is becoming more and more cramped. In 2006 the library staff and the Library Foundation, with the support of the Library Board, began the search for a better building.
The project is to renovate and expand the former meeting hall and food bank at 4243 Winter Avenue into a new South Suburban Branch Library. The primary goal is to offer more space for the public. We are envisioning this library as a space where we can offer cultural programs such as art exhibits and musical performances, community-building events and computer classes that range from operational basics to digital media. The space will also accommodate more public internet computers and a safe space for children of all ages where we will offer storytime and early literacy programs for preschoolers as well as after-school program and homework help for school age children. With the added space, the Library Youth Services department will be able to offer “Reading for Healthy Families” programs to parents and caregivers. The new building is located within walking distance of three elementary schools, one junior high and one high school, and we will be working with the Klamath County School District to offer class visits to the nearby schools and special programs during school breaks.
Download our brochure and pledge form to contribute!
Future Site of the South Suburban Branch Library
Bonanza Addition Campaign
|Youth program at Bonanza
Our plan for the Bonanza Branch is to build a 1,900 square foot addition to the existing 900 square foot community center. The community center and the branch library now share the same space. Note: The new Bonanza Branch addition opened in October 2010! Thank you to everybody who helped improve library service in Bonanza! Grand Opening ceremony photos.
The additional space for the Bonanza branch will allow for better use through four additional internet stations provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Also, a branch area separate from the community meeting area will make the branch more accessible to adults and youth. Unlike most branch libraries, the Bonanza branch has been used as much by youth as by adults.
The Library Foundation has set as its goal raising $135,000 through fundraising, individual donors, and grant writing. The project has already received a bequest of $120,000. Another $120,000 has been allocated from the Library reserve, and the Park Board will provide the land/building space at no cost.
Children's Addition Opens!
|The Children's Addition
The efforts of our first Library Legacy Capital Campaign paid off, as the children's addition to the Main Library had its grand opening on April 18, 2009!
See a few pictures from the event on our library website.
Children's Addition Groundbreaking
|View of the Children's Area Addition
Klamath County Library and the Library Foundation hosted the groundbreaking celebration on Saturday, July 26th at 10:00 a.m. at the 3rd Street entrance to the downtown library.
The children’s area at the northeast end of the building will be enlarged to include the current courtyard adding a 1,200 square foot space for children's reading programs. The design of the addition incorporates a light tower in the corner which will illuminate the area to create an updated, inspiring environment for children.
The estimated cost for the addition is $800,000. Nearly all of this money has been raised through grants and fundraising by the library Foundation. The Ford Family Foundation approved an award of $120,000 toward our capital project. The Kid’s Creation Giving Tree ceramic leaf project organized by Betsy Neuman has contributed $2000 to the construction by having children paint ceramic leaves to hang on a tree wall display which will soon be installed.
Commissioners and Library Board members Al Switzer, John Elliott, and Bill Brown joined in the groundbreaking celebration. Three "Bob-the-Builder" child volunteers helped begin the excavation.
“This will be a functional and exciting space for the whole community, especially for young readers!” says Andy Swanson, library Director.
Visit the Library Website for images from the ceremony.