"Unity is strength....when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." -Mattie Stepanek
During the Public Comments session of the September 18th New Glarus Village Board meeting, the Library Board respectfully requested that the Village Board withdraw Glarner Park as the site for the new library. Later in that meeting the Village Board voted to rescind Resolution 16-18, effectively removing Glarner Park from consideration as a site for the new library. Within that same action, the Village Board directed staff to propose a new resolution to be considered affirming the Village commitment of up to $1 million toward a new library project. This outcome came after many months of discussion by both the Village Board and the Library Board as well as input from citizen groups.
Although there is not yet consensus on a site, we retain our vision - a new library facility that will serve our community for many years to come. Moving foward we intend to work with the Village Board to determine the best location and continue to pursue fundraising and grant applications to ensure a fiscally responsible project. At all times we will not lose sight of the time and energy already devoted to this project and will do our best to have an expedient outcome. We appreciate the support shown by the community, including the Town of New Glarus' generous Library Matching Grant.
If you would like to learn more, please contact a Library or Village Board trustee.
-Village of New Glarus Library Board
Linda Hiland, Shelly Truttmann, Kevin Budsberg, Suzi Janowiak, Petra Streiff, Jody Hosely, and Bob Bergum
(An artist's rendering of the interior of the new library.)
What will the new library look like?
The following design concepts were presented to the Village Board at the January 5th meeting. For full details, please visit the Concept and Budget Report Link (on the History & Archives page).
New Glarus Village Board Commits to Construction Timeline for New Library
2018 will be an important year for the efforts to build a new library in New Glarus.
In a resolution passed by the New Glarus Village Board on December 5, 2017, the long-delayed issue of construction a new library facility was affirmatively addressed.
The Village Board gave the Library Board two performance goals in order for work on a new library to continue:
1. The first and most important goal is to raise $1 million, with $950,000 being cash-in-hand by the end of 2018.
2. If that goal is met, then by June 2019, construction plans, including cost estimates and bids, must be completed for the construction of the new library to proceed.
One million of the construction cost is a promised contribution from the village. To date, a committed capital campaign group has secured donated funds totaling over $760,000 cash-in-hand. The group is enthusiastic and confident that now, with this renewed commitment from the village and a timeline, they can raise the necessary funds to build a new library that will serve all citizens well.
For operating costs, an separate and ongoing fund-raising effort will be undertaken to supplement the amount provided by the village.
New Glarus Library patrons have long remarked on both the excellent service and yet woefully inadequate facilities of the current library, currently housed in the New Glarus Village Hall. A new facility has been the dream, hope, and desire of many in the library service area for many years.