Supporters of the new public library have something to celebrate. State funding brought the project quite a bit closer to reality last month. The project was given $6.9 million for final planning and construction. The project still needs about $4 million, but that money is expected to be gathered through local fundraising and additional grant funding.
Paul Converse is on the board of directors for the Kodiak Public Library Association and said if all goes according to plan, construction for the new library could begin as early as next spring.
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Although the library association has yet to decide on a final design for the new library, Converse said the plans are to have more space for community members and different events. He also said they plan on focusing on electronic space to keep up with what he calls libraries of the future.
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For now, the association is making preparations to start applying for grants and hiring a project manager. The group will begin local fundraising this fall. Stay up to date on what is happening with the library by visiting their website .