The William Fogg Public Library needs an approximate 2,000 square foot addition for enrichment programming space for children and adults. Currently, our Kent Children’s Room has the assembly capacity for 40 people and Adult Services has the assembly capacity of 25. The Fogg House Worcester Room has the assembly capacity of 15. Our regular children’s programs typically have 20 – 25 participants per program. This does not include caregivers, other siblings, baby carriers and strollers. Our special programs such as Wildlife Encounters, Story Time with Santa and various Summer Reading Program entertainers attracts more than 100 participants, and we must turn people away due to fire code issues.
We recently installed door counters, so we have much more accurate data about the number of visitors we have daily. We hosted 59,346 visitors at the library in 2019.
Presently, the Kent Children’s Room hosts four-story times per week along with weekly Lego Club, monthly Family Movie Night (sponsored by Kennebunk Savings Bank), monthly Mini-Movie Magic, monthly Gentle Yoga Story Time, monthly STEAM Play, monthly Around the World at William Fogg and a monthly Harry Potter Book Club. We also host two children’s tea parties per year, a summer youth book to film group, summer reading programs, and school vacation entertainers.
Adult Services hosts three book discussion groups, a book to film group, along with two to three special enrichment programs per month. Currently, we have hosted several, Let’s Talk About It: Book Discussion and World in Your Library Series, sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine State Library; Gentle Yoga for Seniors, a Meditation Group and Food Addicts Anonymous Group. We also host computer classes for seniors, genealogy workshops, Information Workshops on Digital Maine Library, and provide help for jobseekers through Maine State Library’s Learning Express Program.
We host four story times per month through our Daycare Outreach Program and provide a mobile library for our independent senior housing center residents at Baran place every other week for ninety minutes. These programs reach our most vulnerable citizens. Our visits to Baran Place are more than providing library materials to our aging population, it also gives the residents who cannot drive an opportunity to socialize with the outside world.
At this time, we do not have a designated place to host our programs, so we must move furniture and bookshelves every time we host a program. This makes it virtually impossible for the general library user to access materials during programming time.
Our goal is to create a designated comfortable, safe space for enrichment programs for children and adults so that our daily library operation is not disrupted by our enrichment programming.
This expansion project will increase our assembly capacity to 150 people. We will also allow local non-profits free meeting space when the rooms are not in use by the library. We also plan to rent the space to for-profits when the rooms are available, so this will be a revenue source for us too.
We recently received a $75,000.00 grant (to be paid out over a three-year period) for our project from Kennebunk Savings Bank and our Friends Organization has raised $72,176.00 towards our capital campaign.