BANGOR, Maine -– The Bangor Public Library announced Thursday that it has met its $9 million fundraising goal, thanks to support from the city of Bangor, the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation and the numerous individuals, foundations and businesses that contributed to the effort.
“We are so grateful to the hundreds of people who have helped make this possible,” said library Director Barbara McDade. “These are exciting times for the library, and we are looking forward to the future.”
The $9 million fundraising campaign had three components: $3 million from a city bond issue approved by voters in June 2013 to fund the replacement of the library’s copper dome and roof; a $3 million matching gift from the King Foundation; and $3 million raised by the library through foundations, businesses and individual donors.
The new copper dome and roof, unveiled earlier this spring, is complete. The next phase, which will focus on the interior redesign, is slated to begin in August.
The library will continue operating in the building during the renovation, which will consist of a new “front porch” on the 1997 Robert A.M. Stearn addition, the relocation of the Children’s Department to the third floor, a new teen space, a business center, upgrades in technology and other improvements.
The library is still accepting gifts for the annual fund and for special projects that were cut from the original campaign because of budget constraints.
One special project, radio frequency identification, would allow patrons to self check-out, increase security measures and enable multiple books to be checked out simultaneously, allowing for faster and more efficient interactions.
For more information about upcoming summer programs for adults and children, visit www.bangorpubliclibrary.org.