Archive for December, 2009

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Give a gift that lasts

December 23, 2009

The following was written by Dr. James Fitzpatrick, chair of the library’s Foster Growth capital campaign.  It appeared in the Daily Jefferson County Union’s  “At the library” column on Monday, December 21, 2009.

A Lasting Christmas Gift to the Community by Dr. James Fitzpatrick, capital campaign chair

As the holiday season is upon us we are pleased to inform citizens that our Dwight Foster capital campaign has gone well.  The plan calls for an expansion of 12,000 square feet along with the renovation of our current space.  As we get closer to the construction phase it is critical that we have the donations needed to move forward.  Our library is one of our crown jewels in this community and we are excited to make it even more so.

In this the holiday season, we would like to ask citizens to consider a donation to our Foster Growth capital campaign.  Such a gift will have a long lasting impact that will benefit people of all ages for many years to come.    The holidays are a perfect time to think about giving.  Please consider a charitable contribution to a cause that will help ensure excellent library services for our community for now…and for those who follow. You may make your gift in memory or honor of someone special in your life.  We’ve even had a donation in honor of Fort Atkinson High School’s class of 1964.  What a great way to pay tribute! We cannot express adequately in words our thanks to so many who have already given generously to this most worthy cause.  And we’d love nothing more than to add you to the list of people who have given to help us improve our library.

There is still time to make your donation by making out a check to the FACF Library Fund and send it in care of Connie Meyer, Director, Dwight Foster Public Library, 102 E. Milwaukee Avenue, Fort Atkinson, WI, 53538.  If you prefer, you may drop off your gift at the library or donate online with your credit card.  Online donations are made through the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation’s website here.

Happiest of holidays to each of you and thank you for considering helping us foster growth in Fort Atkinson.

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Yes, we’re bookin’ it!

December 2, 2009

At last night’s city council meeting, the library’s temporary relocation plans were approved.  The library will be moving to the former Digistar building on Janesville Avenue during the renovation and expansion project. Making this move allows the construction to happen in the shortest possible time and provides for the safety and security of patrons, staff, and equipment.

The library will be occupying the lower level of the building closest to Janesville Avenue.  There will be ample parking and enough space to operate the library for the 10-12 months of our project.  We will have a handicapped entrance around the back of the building and a book return installed in the parking lot.  We will not have meeting room availability during this time.

We will do our best to make our temporary home a place people will feel comfortable using so that we can operate with minimal disruption.  We appreciate your flexibility and understanding while we make this transition.

We anticipate being closed approximately two weeks to move into the new location and one to two weeks to move back into the finished library.

Between now and then we will be culling through our inventory, making decisions on what goes and what gets sold.  Watch for unbelievable selection at our upcoming book sales along with really great deals.   The next book sale is Saturday, December 5th from 9:30 to Noon.  The one after that is slated for Saturday, January 16th.  Additionally, we will be selling items on a cart in the library during the hours the library is open.

Stay tuned for more information as we develop more concrete plans and dates.

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