Community Center with all of the features and benefits Lee needs ...

Quiet areas ...

to read and study.

A children's area

... that is colorful,spacious and right-sized.

Meeting Rooms ...

that are comfortable and available to the community, even after hours!

With space ...

to properly display the work of local artists

With room ...

that allows us to expand our collection to meet the changing needs of the community.

A place ...

that offers special programs just for teens!

Accessible ...

a place everyone can visit and enjoy.

Energy Efficient,

green and sustainable.

Thanks to the Lee Energy Committee for helping to Warm Up the Library, December 5, 2012

How will we pay for the new building?

The Town adopted a "save some, raise some and borrow some" approach to paying for the Library Community Center in 2011. Since then, voters have approved depositing $100,000 a year into the Library/Community Center Capital Reserve Account. With the addition of $60,000 previously deposited into the Library Capital Reserve Account, the Town has saved $431,000 towards the project.

The original building plan, developed in 2009, was for a $3.85 million building. In 2013 and 2014, the Building Committee worked with the architect and construction firm to reduce the floor plan and the budget. The current floor plan of 8,810 sq. ft. is estimated at $2,516,000.

The Town has "saved some"; the Foundation has been and will continue to "raise some" -- so far, nearly $150,000 has been raised through donations and pledges ($50,000 of those pledges are contingent on bond passage); and by approving the authorization of a $1.3 million bond, the Town will "borrow some." The remaining funding gap will be closed through cost reductions as the Building Committee works to fine-tune the plans with the architect and construction firm, in-kind donations -- such as site-clearing, painting and carpentry work, moving as much existing furniture and shelving from the existing library into the new building and other cost-reduction measures.

The Foundation will continue to fund-raise throughout the construction phase and after the building is built.

Working together, Lee can build it