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Cramped Clinton library asking for money to expand

Published On: Dec 27 2013 10:54:05 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 28 2013 08:59:20 AM CST
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The Village of Clinton's library has outgrown it's space. The library is celebrating 100 years but they need more space to serve all their patrons.

They're asking 100 people to donate 100 dollars to begin raising money for an expansion. From the floor to ceiling, the shelves in Clinton's library are literally crammed with books.

"Unfortunately just to get new books I had to take out 1000," says the Director Mary Biber.

They've had to purge about a thousand books that weren't being checked out as often to make way for more new books and DVDs.

A feasibility study done in 2012 estimated they need around 12 thousand square feet and more computers. The community of more than 2-thousand people currently share about six computers.

"Our computer use I've been here since 2011. It has increased steadily. 2000 sessions per year, so it's been about 4000 thus far and it keeps expanding so we're hoping to bring in more computers," Biber said.

The friends of the library has launched a campaign asking 100 people to give them $100 to help them expand.

"We actually just reached the half way mark today so we got number 50 of 100," said Mary Ann Inman with the Friends of the Library.

Inman says their goal is to raise 10 thousand dollars. She says they plan to use that money to help create a library foundation and apply for grants.

Bieber says their current library is centrally located and they hope to build their new library in the same location. Their wish list also includes private study rooms for tutoring, an adult reading area away from the children's section.

The director said every bit of their 2,400 square foot space is being used to meet the community's needs. Even in this digital era, there's a demand for more space for books.
"When we look at data, Clinton at least, is a little behind or they haven't jumped into that digital age we have the lowest use in Rock County of overdrive. They still really prefer the printed books," Biber said.

The names of the 100 donors will be placed on a quilt as the financial building blocks for their new library which will hopefully be built in the next five years.

For details on how you can help click on the link to their website listed below.

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