"Building Connections" Capital Campaign for the Marshfield Public Library and Community Center, Part 1
Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 -- 11:27 AM-The public phase of the ?Building Connections? Capital Campaign for the Marshfield Public Library and Community Center was announced on Tuesday morning.
This is a project that has been many years in the making, but fundraising efforts for it began last fall. If the campaign can reach its fundraising goal, they hope to construct a new, two-story library, renovate the current library building, create a community center and connect both buildings with an enclosed entrance and lobby.
Bill Hocking, a co-chair of the campaign, believes, along with his five other co-chairs, the new library would have a great impact on the Marshfield community.
Mr. Hocking said, "We believe that the new library and community center will have a tremendous, positive impact on this community and on surrounding communities. It will enhance the strong educational and cultural traditions of Marshfield and be a great economic development asset to our community. In short, the new facility will attract people and businesses to Marshfield and improve the quality of life for all residents of the community."
Mr. Hocking said that the building holding the current library was built in 1960 and has served the community well, but, by today?s standards, it is no longer adequate.
"The current library was constructed in 1960. 54 years ago," said Mr. Hocking. "Its had some updates in the interim, but it's a 54 year old facility. It has served this community extremely well, but it has out grown this space. And it was never constructed to meet the needs of the digital age."
Mr. Hocking?s co-chairs include Tom and Laura Drendel, Karen Hocking and Joe and Ginny Mazza. Other important members of the campaign include Gail Thomalla, Volunteer Campaign Coordinator, and Lori Belongia, the Marshfield Library?s Director.
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