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Questions and Answers

Why do we need an expanded library?
How does our library impact my family and our community?

Will the expanded library increase library visits?

Are public libraries still relevant in the digital age?

Is there a Library Endowment Fund?

How will the necessary expansion funds to build be raised?

Is my gift tax deductible?

What can I do to help?

 

Why do we need an expanded library?

 

The public library is an important component of basic community infrastructure.

Library use locally and across Iowa continues to grow. Our library is only 2/3 the size of our peer public libraries within our state. Close to 80% of D Category Iowa Public Libraries are larger than our library. Current space does not permit the private space to accomodate better reading, study, research, etc. Our current space limits the number and type of programs we can offer in the areas of education, entertainment, culture, and more.

New public libraries now offer patrons a more comfortable "Read and Relax" library atmosphere rather than our current library which provides a "Get and Go" atmosphere.

A larger library will meet our current and any future growth in patron use.

Limited library space prevents our library staff from adding books and other materials without first removing items from library shelves. This limits our library adult and children book collections. The space limits how staff can display library materials for easy and convenient patron use.

The benefits of an expanded Robey Memorial Library:
A larger library will provide additional program space, a community living room environment, group and individual study opportunities, energy efficiency, and more.

 

How does our library impact my family and our community?

 

The benefits of the Robey Memorial Library are numerous and impact all of us.

Our public library offers one-stop shopping, a place where there is something for everyone. Your entire family can go to our library and find something they are interested in. For example, a computer for e-mail, books to check out, a travel program or community meeting in the community/program room, newspapers and magazines to read, a young adult section for music listening, a children's area for story  time, or for young and old friends to work on a project in one of the study rooms. All of these activities happen concurrently and will benefit by an expanded library because of the layout and efficiency of the floor plan. Consider our library as the community's living room!

The Robey Memorial Library impacts our community positively: economical, educational, and our quality of life. It also provides art and cultural opportunities and a place to socialize. An expanded library will provide space for gatherings, meetings, and increase the benefits of living in the Waukon area.

 

Will the expanded library increase library visits?

 

Yes. Research of new or renovated Iowa public libraries document library visits, checkout of materials, and card holders all increase and maintain those increases years later.

 

Are public libraries still relevant in the digital age?

 

Yes! There are several reasons that the Robey Memorial Library is even more important today.

  • Our library has available digital materials to lend. Many people believe these materials are available for free on the web, usually only the older materials are free. In the future, "download stations" for these materials may become available and expansion provides space for this growth area.
  • As the world of information and publishing grows, it is more difficult to select materials of interest to you. Library staff are able to sift through this wealth of information for the items you want.
  • Google and other search engines tailor your search results to what they believe to be your viewpoint, based upon past searches. Library staff can provide materials from a wide cross-section of ideas.
  • Digital information access and consumption is largely a solitary activity. The library brings people together in a public space where they can socialize and share thoughts and ideas.
  • Not everyone has a computer or internet access or reading materials for their family members. Also, many employers now require on-line job application. Robey Memorial Library provides everyone these opportunities.

 

Is there a Library Endowment Fund?

 

Yes. Last year, the Robey Memorial Library Foundation was established to help raise funds for this expansion project and for future library needs. One of the future methods the foundation volunteers will pursue is to build the Robey Memorial Library Endowment Fund to help offset budget shortfalls and provide those extras the library patron needs in the library but the annual budget cannot finance.

Project and campaign volunteers have decided if funds above those needed for the expansion project are raised then those funds will be designated to the library endowment. All current and future gifts contributed to the Robey Memorial Library Endowment Fund will be invested and each year the growth and interest gained will be used to help support the library operating budget.

 

How will the necessary expansion funds to build be raised?

 

Charitable gifts will fund most of this Robey Memorial Library expansion project. Approximately 35 volunteers under the leadership of Campaign Co-Chairs Will Ament and Ken Olson along with Campaign Honorary Co-Chairs Jens Kallevang and John Leschensky have started working with Capital Campaign Consultant Ralph Savoy of Consult Savoy, Inc., Cedar Rapids. Together, this Campaign Leadership Team has educated each other about the project, made campaign decisions, and will now begin visiting with area residents and businesses about the project and campaign. In addition, some larger businesses and foundations not from the immediate area will be contacted for financial support.

 

Is my gift tax deductible?

 

Yes, according to Internal Revenue Service guidelines. The library is a not-for-profit organization and the foundation has the tax exempt 501(C) (3) number of 90-0714068.

 

What can I do to help?

 

When a volunteer contacts you and asks to visit with you about the Robey Memorial Library Capital Campaign, please make time to visit with the volunteer and learn more about this project and capital campaign. Then, when you have received all the necessary education, please consider making a pledge to this capital campaign to be paid over a three year pledge period. Please stretch your gift as best you can. Your gift can be made to the Robey Memorial Library Foundation for the capital campaign project.