Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL) Foundation is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a state grant of $515,000 to help fund design and site preparation work for a new library building in Woodland, Washington. The grant funds were included in a list of library capital improvement projects in the 2019-2021 Washington State Capital Budget.
“We are deeply grateful to the legislature and the governor for this grant,” noted Rick Smithrud, executive director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation. “Woodland area residents desperately need a larger, more modern library to meet their needs. The library is currently located in a 2,300 square foot house that is over 100 years old. The house is too small, has limited accessibility, and cannot provide the range of services that Woodland area residents need and deserve.”
This grant will provide a significant step forward in ongoing efforts that will be needed to fund the construction of a new library building, which is estimated at $5.5 million. FVRL Foundation and the Friends of Woodland Community Library have spent the last 5 years partnering with Woodland area businesses and community leaders to raise funds for the Woodland Library Building Fund.
In 2017, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District purchased 2.25 acres on the corner of Goerig Street and Lake Shore Drive to serve as the site for the new library and an adjoining parking lot. In March of 2019, the Woodland Funeral Home building, which was located on the property, was demolished and the site cleared for future construction.
Shirley Clukey, president of the Friends of Woodland Community Library added, “We are so grateful to all of the local businesses, individuals, and community leaders that have supported this project over the years. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when a community gets behind an idea like this. We still have significant fundraising to do, but with a site confirmed and so many wonderful community partners coming forward, this new library will be built.”
So far, just over $2.5 million has been raised or committed to the project. Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, FVRL Foundation and the Friends of the Woodland Library are continuing to look for additional sources to help raise the remaining funds so that construction of the new library can begin.
Recent fundraisers include Coffee for a Cause hosted by Red Leaf Coffee in Woodland and a percentage of sales fundraiser at the Woodland Dairy Queen. On August 9th, Sproos Tap House will be sponsoring a beer garden at Woodland’s Hot Summer Nights event at Horseshoe Lake Park.
To find more information about the Woodland Library Building Fund, please visit https://www.fvrl.org/imagineWoodland or call 360-906-4700. You can also make a donation to the Woodland Library Building Fund at https://www.fvrlfoundation.org.