When the Lewiston Library Foundation organized in 2001, we had big dreams for a public library in Lewiston. We know you share our vision and are grateful for your past support. In a first ever public-private agreement, the City and the Foundation committed $1M each toward that goal. In 2013, the first part of the dream became a reality when the City of Lewiston opened a new library, noteworthy not only for the unique partnership that provided the funds, but also for the part that a magnificent refurbishing of an old building contributed, not just to the new library, but to revitalizing Lewiston’s Downtown.
It is clear that the citizens of Lewiston have responded. Average monthly visits to the library have risen from 4500 at the prior location to 12,000 at the new library downtown. Since opening its door the library has welcomed over 400,000 visits; and 78% of Lewiston residents have a library card – considerably above the national average.
Now it is time to finish what we have started and what we promised when the project began. Completing the second floor will expand collection space, make the teen area larger and add badly needed computers (on any given day, the library sees over 150 community members utilizing free public computers or Wi-Fi). In addition, a large multi-function room for 250 will provide meeting space now not available in the Lewiston. Perhaps a roof top garden will be possible, for reading and conversing while admiring the Lewiston Hill.
The Lewiston Library Foundation is proud to partner once again with the City of Lewiston to finance this project. Construction has begun on the 2nd Floor, which will add 13,000 sq. ft.
We need YOUR help to reach our goal.
Your contributions are a critical and much appreciated part of completing the Lewiston Library. Please join your friends and neighbors in making Lewiston even better and giving all of us the library we both need and deserve.
Whether you are a previous donor or are considering a first time donation, we invite you to take action in the following ways:
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