Construction to Public Library to Begin Soon
12/2/2010 — Dansville Public Library held its Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new addition on Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. A number of dignitaries and library supporters attended the event, including Senator Cathy Young.
Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Mary Ann Holden, welcomed the group of about 60 persons, and took the opportunity to summarize the plan for expansion which began 10 years ago. In addition, Ms. Holden gave an update on the current state of the project. A delay to the start of construction continues as final paperwork is filed with government offices.
Senator Young spoke briefly about her love of libraries and her long involvement with Dansville Public Library. She noted that her first official appearance in Dansville was a moment of excitement for the community. At that point she was on hand to deliver a grant of $50,000 later used toward the purchase of the neighboring Wilcox Auction property, a key move for the library expansion.
Members of Staff and Board joined Senator Young to dig deep and take the first official clods of dirt from the site to make the groundbreaking official. Other community members and staff took their places to dig into the ground. A mix of sleety snow and rain briefly blew in as the event came to a close.
Funding for the new addition has been derived from a variety of sources including private donations to the ongoing 'Where Knowledge Grows' Campaign; state library construction grants; capital reserve funds; and construction loans from Community Bank, N.A. and USDA Rural Development and ARRA funds. Gifts to the Campaign are still welcome, and pledge forms are available at the Library.