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By Roger Truttmann-Village Board President
Linda Hiland-Library Board President 

Progress on Library Project


December 6, 2018

The Village Board Ad Hoc Committee (Roger Truttmann, Petra Streiff, Peggy Kruse and Barb Anderson) has been meeting with members of the Library Board (Linda Hiland, Suzi Janowiak and Shelly Truttmann) to discuss the needs for the library facility.

The Ad Hoc Committee concurs with the Library Board that a 12,000 sq. ft. concept design is an appropriate starting point. The committee will offer a recommendation on a location that best fits the needs at a later date.

The current proposal breaks down as follows: The main library, 6,580 sq. ft., includes the entry and lobby, computer areas, collections, seating and work areas and rest rooms. Group areas, 1,805 sq. ft., includes story time area, study rooms and multipurpose/community area. Staff work area, 945 sq. ft. Building support, 2,670 sq. ft., includes space for structural support, janitor closet, IT closet, book return, mechanicals, etc.

There has been considerable teamwork involved in accessing the appropriate needs for a new library facility. Those team members include the South Central Library System Building Consultant, the New Glarus Public Library Director and staff, the New Glarus Library Board, Dimension IV Madison architectural team and the Maas Brothers construction managers. Each group adds their professional expertise to the whole project.

With increased space, the library will be able to enhance services at the New Glarus Public Library. The library will be able to offer more programming for children and adults, with a designated story hour space and multipurpose room, which will be acoustically sound and presentation ready. Study rooms will be added, which will provide space for student group work, small meeting space, co-worker space, or space for tutoring. Each age group (children, teens, adults) would have their own collection and seating space for quiet reading. Because New Glarus prides itself on its history and culture, there will be a section designated for local history and genealogy.

There will be improved space to increase the collection and make it accessible to all.

The committee continues to meet and work toward a common goal of providing improved library service to the New Glarus area residents.


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