Plans have been unveiled for a state-of-the-art library with a 110-seat auditorium in downtown Kennett Square, writes Fran Maye for the Daily Local News.
The new library will cost $15 million. If the funds can be raised, construction will commence in 2021 with the opening expected sometime in 2022. Plans are now full-steam ahead after Kennett Square councilors approved the modifications agreed between the borough and the library.
“With the services that will be offered, everyone will want to live here,” said Jeff Yetter, vice president of Kennett Library’s Board of Trustees. “It’s exciting.”
The library will be at the intersection of State and South Willow streets. It will be two and a half times larger than the current library and have 10 full-time employees. There will also be 37 parking spaces, something that is missing at the current library.
A $12 million capital campaign will be launched later in the year to fund the project. The remaining $3 million will come from the library’s reserve.
“Libraries are community centers, places for people to meet,” said Yetter. “We think this will set the tone for Kennett Square.”
Read more about the new library in the Daily Local News here.