Uniontown Library Project

Uniontown children at library program


Uniontown Library Facts

- Relocation & Renovation


Who owns and uses the library?

The town of Uniontown owns the library while MANY people use it regularly! Last year residents managed to borrow 3600 items and attend community programs 1500 times in the tiny space (10x14). Relocation of the library will allow for expanded programs, materials, technology and space for Wi-Fi Internet users.

Why canít Whitman County Library fix up the Uniontown Branch?

The Library District has a very limited budget, providing service to 14 locations with funding better suited to operate one. This is why the district was originally designed with communities owning and maintaining their own library buildings while the library district funding staff, materials, programs and technology. While the Library District is not able to fund building improvements, they are eager partners assisting in writing grants, securing funding and expanding services as much as possible.

What parts of the Library would be renovated?

Proposed changes call for renovating the former fire station bay into a new library, tripling its size. More seating, materials and technology will be added along with upgrading the restroom to meet ADA requirements. The town clerk will eventually migrate to the current library location.

How have other communities funded major library upgrades?

In Colfax, estate, memorial and local donations along with a number of grants and city contributions funded nearly all of the $1,040,000 project. In Malden, a USDA grant written by a local Internet provider built a computer center for the community. Local and in-kind donations further developed the library portion of the facility. In Rosalia, donation of an empty building along with in-kind labor and cash donations from the community provided for a new library. In St. John, the town purchased and a main street lot, residents raised approximately $250,000 in cash and in-kind donations and a $500,000 local bond measure was approved. The towns of Lacrosse and Endicott recently completed renovations in similar ways.

How can Uniontown move forward to fund the renovation?

Please, help us raise the final $20,000 by making a tax-deductible donation directly to the Friends of Uniontown Library (c/o Leslee Miller, PO Box 122, Uniontown). Combined with the $48,000 that has already been secured your support insures that Uniontown residents have access to a quality library facility for generations to come!

Who can I contact with questions?

Any Library renovation committee member as listed in the letter, Barbara Stader at 657-3340 or Kristie Kirkpatrick, Library Director at 509-397-4366 or kirkpatr@colfax.com.