Board + Building
Monthly updates about managing our library and preparing to build a new library center
The 3rd Annual Kennett Library
Benefit was held which raises funds for the operation of the Library. The Benefit
raised $50,000, a 20% increase from 2018.
Mary Hutchins was hired as a Development Associate for the Capital Campaign.
Mary brings with her 20 years of experience as Executive Director of Historic Kennett
The 2018 annual campaign total has reached
$108,565. The campaign runs through October 30th, 2019. The 2017
total was $96,652. The annual appeal supports the day-to-day operations of the Kennett
All 8 municipalities were contacted about
contributing a fair share to the Library’s capital campaign that would total
million or just 20% of the $15 million goal. Each municipality is being
asked to contribute .1 mil of their tax base each year for 3 years. The
initial responses were very positive.
Members Jeff Yetter and Michael Guttman meet with Senator Tom Killian to get his support for the Library’s
The Board approves hiring Carl Francis to help guide
the Library through the Fall
2019 Capital Campaign Referendums.
agrees to approach the 8 municipalities
to institute a .3 mil real estate tax for just 3 years to help fund the Capital
costs of the new Library. The tax would raise $3.1 million or about 20%
the cost of building the new Library.
Grant application submitted with letters of support from all
8 municipalities, Chester County and CCLS.
Building Committee meets with Fairmount Ventures to officially kick off the silent
phase of the Capital Campaign.
for the new library is finalized with Lukmire Architects. The revised budget
for the new Library comes down to $14.9 million.
The library's Annual Appeal mailing was sent out to residents
in eight municipalities in order to solicit donations that will help to fill the gap
between the Kennett Library's operational budget and government funding.
The fourth redesign of the new library was unveiled and discussed
by the building committee. EDIS, our construction manager, is working on a new cost
estimate based on the latest design.
The Library’s “Through the Looking Glass” Fall
fundraiser was held at the Mendenhall and raised $40,000, a 50% increase over last
year’s inaugural event
Met with Mayor Matt Fetick to discuss the
Library’s upcoming capital campaign and how he and the Borough can support the
The Kennett Square
Borough Council unanimously votes to allow the demolition of the 120 S.
Willow Street building.
Progress update from
Fairmont Ventures on the feasibility study which is due to conclude round the end
provides the 3rd library design revision which incorporates changes to reduce construction
The Kennett Library’s
launches a new FREE Community
Calendar on their website
Capital Campaign committee meets and selects Fairmount ventures as the Feasibility
Study Consultants for the capital campaign
Illustrations of the proposed new Library appear in
the Spring issue of the FIG.
Cost estimate for the new Library was received from EDIS and the Library
begins the value engineering phase to reduce the cost.
The annual Board organizational meeting was held and all officers were reelected for
another one year term.
The Kennett Library raised $900,000 from the sale of their property at the corner
of Old Baltimore Pike and Ways Lane.
Public meeting was held to explain Library Referendum in New Garden Township
Property sale agreement has been signed for new Library
The Kennett Library buys the "Weinstein Lot"
Tom Swett announces the Kennett Library's intent to build the new library alone.
The Board of Trustees of the Kennett Library votes to reject the Borough's offer
Public meeting called to discuss the Borough's participation
Annual report released, new library location selected
Initial preparations for feasibility study underway
Library begins new year with new director
Library starts new year with new director
Library Director candidates interviewed and the new Kennett
Library begins to take shape
New signage and visioning plans
Visioning Consultants Plan Community Outreach
New logo is approved and planning consultant is selected
Architect for new building selected
Board approves new name, commissions new logo and starts talks with Kennett Borough
to build a multi-use building
A new name is selected, Bayard Taylor to be honored and public meetings are planned
The Library name controversy is the board’s first challenge
New name receives overwhelming support from meeting attendees, Library receives $36,000
New Officers and a Fresh Start