We are thrilled to announce a groundbreaking development for Powell Library! The library has secured a $8.497,458 million grant from the Wyoming Library Multi-Purpose Community Facility Program (WLMCF). This funding, provided through the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CPF) by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, marks a significant milestone for Park County Libraries.
A Vision Unveiled
The grant will pave the way for the demolition and reconstruction of Powell Library, situated in the heart of Powell, Wyoming. The new facility, spanning an impressive 14,000 square feet, will replace the existing 9,000 square feet structure. This expansion is designed to meet the growing needs of our community, offering a more spacious and aesthetically pleasing environment for patrons.
A Message from Karen Horner
Karen Horner, Director of Park County Libraries, expressed her excitement for this long-awaited opportunity, stating, “The journey to create a new library in Powell has been one that the community has been on for decades. It is such an amazing chance to deliver what has been sought for so long.”
Enhancing Community Services
This venture aligns with the mission of Park County Libraries to enhance access, services, and space for patrons. The reconstruction aims to address the educational, workforce, and health resource needs of the Powell community, providing an upgraded and modernized library experience.
The Wyoming Library Multi-Purpose Community Facility Program (WLMCF) is a competitive subgrant program that has allocated $12.6 million for library construction and renovation projects. These projects aim to support work, education, and health monitoring, addressing community needs highlighted by the Covid-19 public health emergency.
Abby Beaver, Interim Wyoming State Librarian, acknowledged the challenges faced by libraries during the pandemic, stating, “We’re grateful for the ARPA funding that will help local libraries better provide the resources and services that people in their communities need.”
For any questions or further information about WLMCF, please contact Susan Mark, Wyoming State Library outreach librarian, at [email protected] or (307) 777-5915.