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As the Evans Library District approaches its goal of raising $300,000 before June 30, the district have two study rooms in the plans, which will be named by the first two donors contributing $20,000 towards the remainder of the goal.
In November of 2020, the Evans Public Library District of Vandalia announced that it was eligible to obtain a $3.4 million matching grant through the Illinois Public Library Construction Act Program. The grant represents roughly 70 percent of the cost of building a new 15,752-square-foot library on Randolph Street, south of Jefferson Street. To secure the full funding, the library is responsible for raising around $1.38 million prior to a June 2021 deadline.
The Evans Public Library District has earmarked $600,000 towards the required match, while the Old Capitol Foundation previously announced a $500,000 commitment, First Vandalia Corp. $100,000 donation for the community meeting room, and with generous donations from the community, leaves approximately $115,200 to raise before summer.
Two Study Rooms for quiet study, group work or study sessions, tutoring, small meetings, test taking, or family use. They will be in a direct line of sight from the Service Desk, for staff oversight and will be near the center of the library. They will include various library features and equipment, and will have glass walls, for easy supervision by the staff. They will also include strong wi-fi signals and white boards, as well as a 3 by 5 foot table with four chairs.
The library has launched two other fundraisers, an on-line GoFundMe and brick paver campaign, which provide the public opportunities to support the construction project. There are two sizes of personally inscribed bricks available, 4 x 8 for $100 and 8 x 8 for $175. For more information on these fundraisers, you may visit the library’s website at www.evanspubliclibrary.org.