Elmore Library needs donations for large expansion project

Elmore Library needs donations for large expansion project

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - A small community library is hoping to expand and offer more services, but they need your help to get there.

The Harris-Elmore Public Library was built in 1959, and has gone through a handful of renovations. But current administration believes the Elmore Library is overdue for a significant expansion.

For around $750,000, the library will not only be beautified, but will also increase its size by 1,500 square feet.  In addition there will be a new public meeting room and local history exhibit, while also providing new quiet study areas and a teen room.

So far, $150,000 have been raised through donations and the libraries "Buy A Book" fundraiser.

The renovations and expansions are necessary to keep the library viable in the digital age and move beyond just offering books to the community.

"We need to be a place for people to meet, for people to do their work, and offer internet access for them to find jobs. Help them learn how to use anything technologically. And just having programs for for people to have things to do, learn new things, work with the schools. So, we are just so much more now," said Jennifer Fording, director of the Harris-Elmore Public Library

The next big fundraiser for the library is an ice cream social on Sunday October 21st at the Elmore Community Center.

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