The Hiawatha Public Library is expanding and we are excited to finally be able to share our plans with you! We have been working to create an expanded and renovated library with donations from the public, and area businesses and organizations, as well as City funding that has already been allocated for the project.
The planned project renovates the existing 8,500 square-foot-space and adds another 13,500 square feet. In addition to creating a dedicated youth space and Tween Zone, the plan expands and gives proper space to technology areas. Two study rooms will help patrons learn and work, and expanded program space will accommodate large crowds for popular programming and community gatherings. The addition of a lower level provides space for emergency shelter, storage and HVAC, which currently take up valuable patron and staff space on the main level.
Of the $4.1 million needed for the project $1 million will come from existing Local Option Sales Tax income. The library has raised nearly $700,000 of a one-million-dollar Phase I goal. An up to $1.2 million capital bond, which will be on the November ballot, is already in the City of Hiawatha’s Capital Improvement Plan, and will not place any additional tax burden on the citizens of Hiawatha. The passing of the bond provides the residents of Hiawatha with an updated, expanded and better library with no additional tax dollars since it is already in the City budget. The Hiawatha Public Library “Make Room for Imagination” Capital Campaign is the perfect example of public-private partnership. It’s a win-win for our City, our children, our patrons, and the greater community as a whole.
To see renderings of the planned renovation and expansion, or to make a donation to the Capital Campaign, please visit our Make Room for Imagination page.
Exciting news! Hiawatha Public Library and Hawkeye Area Down Syndrome Association (HADSA) are teaming up to offer a free music therapy program for kids with Down Syndrome and their families. Do Re Mi debuts on Saturday, June 17 from 9:30-10:00 and will meet again on July 15 and August 19.
Amber Cook, board-certified music therapist with a degree in Music Education currently serves as music therapist at the outpatient clinic at Tanager Place. She is eager to bring her expertise and enthusiasm to Hiawatha Public Library. Ms. Cook explains, “During Do Re Mi, children and their families will experience movement and social interaction through active music making.” Hiawatha Public Library shares her zeal and invites families to join us for this rhythmic opportunity.
Alicia Mangin - Youth Services Librarian