BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Public Library (BSPL) and the Friends of the Library (FOL) partners will mark the beginning of their Capital Campaign, ‘Funding Our Future – Brick by Brick and Book by Book,’ on Dec. 8. The money raised will be used to renovate, redesign, and increase the library’s role in the community.
The total cost of the proposed project is approximately $3 million, a sum that includes built-in inflation costs. The Capital Campaign aims to raise approximately $750,000 of the total costs. The library’s fundraising campaign has already applied for more than $450,000 in grant awards.
The money raised will go towards an addition of a reading room and local history room, an enhanced children’s area, teen space, and a renovated community meeting space. Funds will also be used to improve accessibility, use of technology, and energy sustainability.
The BSPL is the most visited public building in the village and a cultural, educational, communal, civic, and social-services hub for the community it serves.
The design plan focuses on the ideas for best use of space, sustainability, the use of light, lines of sight, preservation of historic ephemera, and optimal public accessibility.
The completion of the project is expected to result in an increase in the number of public programs offered and in the number of programs hosted at the library by partner groups.
Look for information about the campaign on the BSPL FOL Facebook page, and the BSPL website as the weeks progress.
To donate to the Ballston Spa Public Library Capital Campaign project you may either send a check made out to Friends of the Ballston Spa Public Library at 21 Milton Ave. Attn: Friends of the Ballston Spa Public Library, or visit the BSPL website https://bspl.sals.edu and watch for updates, including a new ‘Donations’ tab.