The History of the Library Expansion

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General Information
Location
218 E. Park Street
McCall ,
ID
83638

Project Leader
Library Director
Meg Lojek
Library Foundation
Fundraising Coordinator
Amy Rush
Press
Communications Mgr.
Erin Greaves

In 2015, the McCall City Council approved the Library Board of Trustees to identify, study, prioritize and propose necessary changes to the public-owned facility. Citizens led the team comprised of an Expansion Committee and Building Committee formed to bring forward a proposal for consideration. 

The team of volunteers, industry professionals, and library staff met with stakeholders, gathered input, and developed a proposal, focusing its recommendation to the City Council on reinvestment and renovation in current city infrastructure.

In March of 2020, McCall City Council called for a bond election in May of 2020 that saw 64% approval of the residents. The required 66.67% was not met and therefore after even more public feedback, focus groups and online surveys inspired major changes to the bond. 

In March of 2021, the McCall City Council passed an ordinance to once again placing the McCall Public Library Expansion on the ballot, this time calling for a lower amount of $4.2 Million. Voters will have a second opportunity to vote on the McCall Public Library Expansion Bond on May 18, 2021. In 2015, the McCall City Council approved the Library Board of Trustees to identify, study, prioritize and propose necessary changes to the public-owned facility. A citizen-led team was formed in the Building Expansion Committee formed to bring forward a proposal for consideration. 

The team of volunteers, industry professionals, and library staff met with stakeholders, gathered input, and developed a proposal, focusing its recommendation to the City Council on reinvestment and renovation in current city infrastructure.

 

In March of 2020, McCall City Council called for a bond election in May of 2020 that saw 64% approval of the residents. The required 66.67% was not met and therefore after even more public feedback, focus groups and online surveys inspired major changes to the bond. 

In March of 2021, the McCall City Council will consider an ordinance to once again placing the McCall Public Library Expansion on the ballot, this time calling for a lower amount of $4.2 Million. Voters will have a second opportunity to vote on the McCall Public Library Expansion Bond on May 18, 2021. 


Timeline

1972:  McCall Library building constructed.  

Note: McCall’s population has nearly doubled since our library was built in 1972.  In just the past 13 years circulation has increased by 82% and library program attendance has increased by an astounding 567%! Today the library simply cannot meet the needs of our growing community within its current footprint. We also need to modernize our library capabilities to bring 21  st century technologies to our many and diverse users.  The futures of youth, the strength of our workforce, and the quality of life in McCall is predicated on the support that the community provides for key educational infrastructure such as our library. We must expand to meet current and future demand.

1987: The first library expansion committee meeting.  

  • It took many years of planning to get to the next point in 2015 when a light began to shine at the end of the tunnel.

2015: Humphries-Poli Architects were engaged to help us explore our options for expansion. Our process involved extensive meetings to gather input from the McCall community. The architects provided 8 design options that were evaluated by the City Council. Of these options, the community, the Library Board, the Library Expansion Committee, and the City Council all agreed that Option A best suited the community’s needs. To see the design study or the preferred option A, please follow the links below.

2016 Humphries-Poli Design Study

2017: The Library Board of Trustees began exploring funding options for the expansion. We built a team of Ambassadors to help share our project with the community. Do you believe that a library builds life-long learners, critical thinkers, and better citizens? Are you passionate about the future of our town and the legacy we desire for future generations? If so please join us in our efforts to expand the McCall Public Library!

2018: A group of volunteers created the McCall Public Library Foundation, a separate 501C(3) to support this campaign and future library needs.  For more information: McCall Library Foundation Website

2019: The McCall City Council took several steps to make this dream a reality, including moving the Police Department off of the limited space at the downtown City Campus, renovating City Hall office space to accommodate staff from the Annex, adopting a City Campus Plan with the help of a citizen committee, and planning for the move of the Parks department out of the Annex.

2020: The Library Expansion's conceptual plans were revised many times and continue to develop into an affordable library with the look and feel our community wants. 

 A bond of $6.2 Million was taken to the voters in May of 2020 among a worldwide pandemic and it failed to pass with 64%. 66.67% was required for a two-thirds supermajority and therefore considering the close election, Council directed staff to get community feedback in the form of surveys, interviews, and focus groups.

2021: After the consideration of the citizen feedback and direction from the Library Board of Trustees, Council will consider placing a lower bond amount of $4.2 Million back in front of voters for consideration in May of 2021.