Library Expansion Project

We are Growing to Serve You Better!

Big News! Right now your $1 donation = $4!

Thanks to a generous local donation and a matching challenge grant from The Ford Family Foundation, we are able to match every dollar you give with THREE ADDITIONAL DOLLARS. That means your $1 donation equals $4! Your $10 donation equals $40! Your $100 donation equals $400. And so on...

Every dollar you give right now brings us closer to our goal. 

You can donate either by using this secure online donation button or by giving directly to the library or Creswell Public Library Foundation (PO Box 1180, Creswell, OR 97426). All donations are tax deductible.

What Will the Creswell Library Expansion Project Accomplish?

1. Purchase property to assure a permanent home for Creswell Library (we've been leasing). DONE!

2. Expand to occupy the entire building (remodel clinic side of the building and make minor changes to the existing library.

3. Add a multipurpose room in back for library programs and some community use (construction of a new flexible space with kitchen/laboratory for cooking classes and STEAM--Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics.

4. Spruce up the existing "lumber yard" to create an attractive courtyard for Farmers' Market and other outdoor gatherings.

This corner element draws attention to the library, which sits back from the street. It will also serve as a nice covered area to sit with a friend or wait for a ride. 
We would like Creswell Library to be the "front porch" of our community and asked the architects to design the front of our building to reflect that. The book-case mural will not only be an attractive piece of art, but it serves as our fundraising "thermometer" with each shelf representing $500,000 of the total project cost of $2,000,000. You may have noticed that we've started the mural, but it's behind a bit because of  weather and some other issues. When the weather warms up this spring we will catch up. Right now there should be two full shelves full of books--we're half way to our goal!
This shows the flexible multipurpose room that will be added to the back of the half of the building that used to be the clinic. This room will accomodate groups of up to 50 people and will have a kitchen/laboratory/craft area where we can offer programs about cooking, science and more. We expect heavy use by the library for both children's and adult programs, but it will also be available at times for community meetings.
The multipurpose room will open out onto the new courtyard (old lumberyard) which will be the cozy home of the Creswell Farmers' Market. It will also be an attractive space for other programs and events .
We will soon offer the option of purchasing customized engraved brick for this front entry. 
View from Oregon Avenue.
A new Oregon law requires that a certain percentage of construction projects include "green energy" measures. We are working with Energy Trust of Oregon to secure grants and incentives for some of those measures, demonstrated here with solar panels. Other green energy measures include efficient lighting, heating/cooling, and more.
A bird-eye view of our project.