The Lewisboro Library in South Salem plans to spend $2.75 million to add 1,600 square feet to the library through three small additions, The Journal News/Lohud.com reports today.
The library first proposed renovations a decade ago and fundraised $2 million. It must raise an additional $750,000 for the current expansion plan, which will be taken up at a Planning Board public hearing as soon as November. Supporters of the library have been trying to enlarge the 5,600-square-foot Main Street building for 15 years.
Nearly 70,000 people visited the library in 2011, and every household in the town has at least one library card. Taxpayers pay for about 75 percent of the library budget, and it has to fundraise the rest. This year, the library received $345,500 from the town for its $464,000 budget.
I am so thrilled that we are going forward with this because it really needs it,” Library Director Cindy Rubino told The Journal News.