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The Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library Hire Architectural Firm for Renovation Project

The Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library have hired Rod Curtis of Curtis Architecture & Design in Otumwa as the architect and project manager for the renovation of the Mize Building into a new home for the Library. The organization has been working on raising funds for the renovation and has applied for a grant. If successful, work on the exterior of the facility will begin this summer with hopes of having the exterior completed by early fall. The Friends plans to break the project into four phases, with interior work beginning after raising funds and completing the exterior. 

To see the initial architectural plans, use the following link on the Friends of the Library's web site (you can also find the tab at the top of this page) 

If you would like to contribute to the community by helping with this renovation, please send your check to Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library, PO Box 43, Blakesburg, IA 52536. The Friends of the Blakesburg Public Library is a 501(c)(3) organization formed expressly to support library programs, resources and special needs. Your donation to this organization may be tax deductible. To date, we have raised about $5,000 of our $10,000 goal of the "100 Wildcats with $100" campaign. We are still accepting donations to that cause. All donors will be recognized with a name plate on our Giving Tree inside the new facility. 

You can also join the Friends organization as a member to help support this and other library programs. Again, you can mail a check to the address above. Membership fees are $20 for an individual or $25 for a family. Your support of the library, and the community is appreciated. As the National Library Week theme for 2019 states "Libraries=Strong Communities." Please do your part to help keep our community strong, but supporting the library any way you can. Every little bit helps in our efforts to raise money to renovate the Mize building into our new library.



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