Community helps library hit funding goal

About a week ago, The Daily News encouraged the community to help the Dickinson County Public Library raise $20,000 through a crowdfunding campaign for a proposed major interior renovation at its downtown Iron Mountain building.

That amount had to be collected by this coming Sunday to earn a matching $20,000 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Public Spaces Community Places program.

It seemed a tall order at the time — yet never doubt the public’s ability to rise to the challenge.

The library never had to sweat. By Saturday, the push on the Patronicity crowdfunding site had reached the $20,000 goal, well ahead of the MEDC’s Dec. 31 deadline. As of Thursday, the total was $23,290.

The library board already has reserved $130,000 for the project and plans to increase that amount to about $175,000 next year. So the more than $40,000 in additional funding from the campaign and matching grant means the project will have well above the $216,000 originally sought to complete all the work planned.

Bravo and applause to those who took time during the holiday season to support this cause.

It resembles the Patronicity response to the Power of Words project last spring that raised $10,000, qualifying for a $10,000 matching grant for the “Community” mural painted on the west facade of The Daily News building in downtown Iron Mountain.

That artwork now regularly draws people to spot those they might know among the about 80 portraits included in that mural design.

The library project, like the mural, will emphasize community and creating an “energized and modern Reading Room,” with more accessibility to handicapped restrooms and the large print collection, creating multi-level/enhanced lighting, new comfortable and modern seating, reorganizing the adult fiction and young adult collections, adding another community meeting room space and making staff stations more accessible.

The library board is expected Tuesday to authorize moving forward with the ReImagine the Dickinson County Library project.

The redesign concept can be seen at Though the goal has been reached, the library will continue to accept donations through the end of the year Sunday.

We look forward to seeing how this project continues to evolve, given the strong community support already shown.