The West side of Carlisle will be further renovated in the coming year thanks to the recent purchase of the Carlisle Tire & Wheel Plant and the expansion of the Bosler Library. The library had their groundbreaking today and the real work will start at the beginning of December.
In its push to transform Bosler Memorial Library, the Building A Better Bosler campaign has broken through a significant barrier by raising more money than any other nonprofit organization in Carlisle history.
As dignitaries prepared to plunge their shovels into the dirt Friday at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new, significantly larger library, Jeffrey Wood, president of the Bosler board of trustees, said the library’s fundraising arm had set a new record. To date, the campaign has amassed $5,355,959 – “the most money ever raised by a nonprofit in Carlisle history,” Wood said.
Launched five years ago, the Building a Better Bosler campaign is dedicated to securing enough money to bankroll a $6.5 million renovation of the current library.
Thus far, 558 donors have contributed to the cause, making the campaign’s goal of raising $6.5 million “perfectly conceivable,” Wood said.
The project, which gets under way Dec. 5, will double the library’s floor space to 38,000 square feet, tack on a two-story addition and completely make over the interior of the current building.
The new library will feature expanded access to computers with high-speed Internet access and a children’s wing triple the size of the current one.
Constructed in 1899, Bosler Library has been twice expanded – first in 1987 and most recently in 1993.
Vital to downtown
Also speaking at the ceremony were state Sen. Pat Vance, R-31; Carlisle Mayor Kirk Wilson; Jonelle Prether Darr, executive director of the Cumberland County Library System; and Nancy George, chair of the Building a Better Bosler Campaign.
The ceremony took place in the current library parking lot, which will one day be replaced by the two-story addition to the library.
As the golden noon sun shone over the well-attended ceremony, speakers talked about just how crucial construction of a new library was to cultivating a flourishing downtown feel.
Those present included all three Cumberland County commissioners, supervisors and council members of various municipal boards, public school district administrators, Dickinson College officials and representatives from businesses and other nonprofit organizations that had contributed to the campaign.