York County Libraries Break Ground on Campaign Projects Construction slated for Three Locations in 2021
York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert announced the official start to construction projects at three library locations during a digital groundbreaking ceremony today. Kreutz Creek Library in Hellam, Kaltreider-Benfer Library in Red Lion, and Martin Library in downtown York are all undergoing major changes to meet the service needs of York County residents.
“It is with heartfelt gratitude that today we are taking this monumental step towards building our community envisioned libraries and the 21st century library service York Countians deserve,” says Lambert. “I am proud to announce that we have reached our local fundraising goal of five million dollars.” The building projects received strong community support during the “Imagine. Discover. Connect.” capital campaign led by co-chairs Mike Kochenour and Lynda Randall, and campaign co-chairs Jody Keller, Bill Shipley and Tony Campisi. In addition to local support, matching grants and the Financial Assistance of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Honorable Tom Wolf, Governor, are bringing the campaign projects to fruition.
“We are so excited this day is finally here. We have our virtual groundbreaking shovels in hand and we’re ready to make the dirt fly and this project a reality,” says Keller. “It’s been over three years since our planning began and now, we’re ready for the fun to begin.”
Warehaus York was engaged to reimagine and design the new library spaces and Kinsley Construction, Inc. is delivering the finished libraries. Kreutz Creek Library will be moving from its home of 42 years, a 1,200 square foot double-wide FEMA trailer, to the former Hellam Township building. The 8,800 square foot structure will provide this busy library with more than seven times its current space. Internal demolition has been completed and renovation is underway at the site.
Renovation will start at Martin Library later this month and will progress in stages. Martin Library is renovating and revitalizing several levels of its building, adding some new services, and creating a customer-centric experience. Of note, new technologies and career opportunity growth will be part of the new teen forum.
“At Kaltreider-Benfer Library we are expanding the space to provide additional resources and programming for the community. The last time it was updated was 20 years ago,” explains Lambert. Construction is anticipated to start in June and will include a centrally located member service desk, and dedicated service areas for children and teens.
All three library locations are enhancing their spaces and services for teens. Community members expressed a need for these services during Lambert’s Town Hall meetings in 2016. The identified need was built into the campaign projects and local high school students weighed in on what they want to see in their future libraries.
“With 13 full-service libraries located throughout York County, I just don’t believe there is any other place in York that can match the library system in providing information, recreation and life-long learning for all our residents,” says Campisi. “2021 will be a time of evolution and change, building our library spaces as safe spaces to gather learn and grow for everyone in York County,” adds Shipley.
According to Lambert, community members who missed the groundbreaking premiere can watch the ceremony on the York County Libraries YouTube channel. Additional information about the campaign projects can be found at campaign.yorklibraries.org.
York County Libraries include 13 libraries that provide the latest in print and digital information, best sellers, Wi-Fi, digital story times, online book discussions and 80 databases. Their extensive collection of over 700,000 items includes over 80,000 digital library materials for loan. All are available for free with a York County Libraries card.
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