Libraries are About the Future

In 2017, Kennett Library conducted a Visioning Program to identify the critical factors needed for a successful new library. Four significant findings have guided the planning and design process:

Resources

The Kennett Library and Resource Center will be a resource center for the community. It will connect people and resources to enhance civic engagement, social connection, and economic development. The new library will have multiple large and small group meeting rooms with expanded audio-visual technology, an auditorium and terrace. All these places and spaces can be used by nonprofit organizations, businesses and groups that serve the community.

Technology

Technology, distance learning, and digital outreach will play a core, fundamental role in all our futures. This is reinforced with the COVID pandemic and anticipated changes in the post COVID world. The new Kennett Library & Resource Center will play a critical role in providing resources, technology, and training for people of all ages. It will give those who don’t have access to these tools the opportunity to communicate, connect, learn, and grow.

Arts & Culture

The Kennett Library & Resource Center will be a center for arts and culture. It will showcase the rich arts, historic, and cultural heritage of the Kennett area with space for artisan exhibits, music and performing arts, including a 110-seat auditorium for movies, theater, and other programs and productions.

Economic Engines

The new Kennett Library and Resource Center will be an economic engine for the area. It will be a destination spot attracting a quarter of a million visitors to restaurants, shops, and other regional businesses and attractions. It has been estimated this will contribute some $1.89 million in additional annual revenues to the local economy.

Imagine a Place

Where possibilities and the future begin

with people of all ages and all walks of life discovering and pursuing their talents and interests, gaining knowledge and skills which enrich and improve their lives.

Where a community gathers…

with people participating in educational and informative programs, sharing ideas, and working together to build a strong and vibrant community.

Where culture is celebrated…

with people participating in programs and events that celebrate the people, history, and arts and cultural treasures of the region.

Where enjoyment abounds…

with people attending shows, movies, and special programs that lift the spirit and offer new venues for recreation and relaxation.

Where organizations and businesses thrive…

with groups using meeting space, technology, and resources to support services which strengthen our communities today, and foster an extraordinary tomorrow.

None of this is possible in the current facility. Without handicap access, those with physical limitations are not able to benefit from many valuable programs. Lack of meeting space limits the ability to provide space and resources for the community. Limited parking make access difficult for many. And, the current facility, built in 1961, never envisioned the role that digital learning and communication would play in the future – which is now.

Great communities build great libraries.

They go hand-in-hand. Established over a century ago, Kennett Library has served as a bedrock for our regional community. Many of our most successful entrepreneurs, artists, educators, professionals, and community leaders found their start at this local institution. Kennett Library is truly a place of possibilities, where all people, regardless of economic position, race, age, ethnicity, or walk of life, have the same opportunity to learn and grow, explore and develop their talents, and realize their dreams.

The New Kennett Library & Resource Center

The community deserves and needs much more. This new Kennett Library & Resource Center provides the structure, space, and infrastructure needed now and for the future, that not only enhances the traditional role of a Library, but serves as a gathering place, a hub for community meetings and activities, and a vital resource welcoming to all.

Library Programs: The design offers a large adult library, children’s and teen space and study and reading areas for private reading and reflection. In addition to an expanded book and media collection, the facility will include two Maker Spaces, equipped with 3D printers, large format scanner and printer, embroidery machines and computers with design software to foster creativity for both adults and children, and a resource for companies and organizations. Various sized rooms for meetings, studying, and tutoring will be equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, laptop and computer access, as well as expanded digital communications technology.

Some possibilities made possible by the new facility include:

Adult Literacy Program

Expansion of the highly-popular and respected 40-year old Adult Literacy Program as well as the myriad of other programs for children and adults that have been limited due to space and technology;

Adult Literacy Program

Expansion of the highly-popular and respected 40-year old Adult Literacy Program as well as the myriad of other programs for children and adults that have been limited due to space and technology;

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Student Learning

Expansion and development of new programs to support parents who are home schooling and work with schools for activities that enhance and expand student learning;

Hi-tech Equipment

Offering hi-tech equipment such as 3D printers in its “Maker Space” to not only help children and adults explore their talents, interests, and career pursuits, but also to provide this technology to help businesses and organizations design and produce marketing and other materials;

Education and Job Training

Expansion of programs with business and industry, providing education and job training, and disseminating cutting-edge concepts to build a more prepared workforce which will elevate the regional housing and business markets;

Digital Access

Increased access to a wider variety of literary works through digital outreach, online programs, virtual book clubs, and other novel programs to inspire, educate, and entertain people of all ages.

Multi-cultural Programs

Offer small and large group multi-cultural programs focused on the needs and interests of the diverse population that represent our community;

Resource Center: Building on its role as a community resource, this stately 31,485 square foot facility offers ample gathering space and new venues for outreach, partnership, and community development. The addition of a 110-seat auditorium places Kennett Library & Resource Center in a select group nationally, offering exciting programs that inspire, entertain, and educate people of all ages, interests and walks of life, drawing people to Kennett to experience and enjoy all it has to offer. Additionally, the new facility will provide opportunities to promote, highlight and advance the arts, cultural, and historic strengths of the Region.

As a community resource, the new Kennett Library & Resource Center will:

Meeting Space

Provide flexible meeting space for use by nonprofit organizations, community groups, businesses, schools and civic organizations;

Meeting Space

Provide flexible meeting space for use by nonprofit organizations, community groups, businesses, schools and civic organizations;

Community Forum

Offer a forum to gather people together to learn about community issues, provide input, and engage fully as members of a Civil Society;

Community Events

Host community events including educational programs, speakers, movies and community activities such as TED Talks and other programs to inspire, educate, and entertain;

Art & Culture

Showcase local talent through the exhibits in the central Gallery space to inspire others to pursue their own talents, and foster a greater appreciation of the role of art and culture in the prosperity and future of the community;

Cultural History

Celebrate Kennett’s rich and remarkable cultural history by special recognition of Bayard Taylor and Harriet Tubman, as well as a community mural to be painted on the 10-foot retaining wall behind the library.

Free Movies

Focusing on the needs of those who are economically challenged, weekly movies, free of charge, can be offered, providing a welcomed respite to those whose lives are defined by a daily struggle for essential needs.

Kennett Library has been a vital force for progress over its 125-year history. Programs such as its highly recognized Adult Literacy Program (ALP), including English as a Second Language (ESL), continue to change so many lives. Working with partners in the community, the Library strengthens the local workforce by providing opportunities to develop knowledge and skills needed for gainful employment. Please take a look at the Library’s website at www.kennettlibrary.org to see a list of programs now offered.

Imagine That You Can Help Make This Happen

The total cost for construction is $20,000,000 which will be raised through a capital campaign focused on charitable gifts from the community, and public sector support from the eight municipalities in our service area and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Campaign Overview

$18,000,000 Community Campaign

will reach out to the community, asking individuals, foundations, corporations, businesses, organizations, and groups to support and partner with us to construct this facility that will be a vital community resource for generations to come. We are grateful to all who have supported this dream through the years, and invite our friends in the community to join them to help bring this dream to reality.

$18,000,000 Community Campaign

will reach out to the community, asking individuals, foundations, corporations, businesses, organizations, and groups to support and partner with us to construct this facility that will be a vital community resource for generations to come. We are grateful to all who have supported this dream through the years, and invite our friends in the community to join them to help bring this dream to reality.

$3,000,000 Public Sector Support

including funding from Local Townships, and Municipalities and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania which has supported our programs and operations through the years. We are grateful for this partnership and their support of this project which assures that our communities will have access to these valuable resources long into the future.

$2,000,000 Library Contribution

The Library will dedicate the proceeds generated from the sale of the Ways Lane site and current Library property to the new building.

Library Milestones

Milestones

Key Project Dates

Design Development
Start February 2020
End November 2020

Construction Documents
Start December 2020
End July 2021

Subcontractor Bidding
Start August 2021
End November 2021

Building Permit in Place
October 2021

Construction
Start October 2021
End January 2023

Design Team

Architects: RRMM Lukmire

Construction Management: EDiS

Owner’s Rep: CBRE Heery

LEED Consultants: breea

How to Help

Together we can make the dream of a new KENNETT LIBRARY & RESOURCE CENTER become a reality. Your gift is an investment in the future of the Kennett region and in the lives of people who call it home. Individuals, families, and organizations today, and those for generations to come, will benefit from your vision and support of this important community project. There are many ways you can give… and all gifts are greatly needed, and deeply appreciated!

Outright Gifts

Outright gifts paid through cash, check, securities, or other charitable methods that best meet your philanthropic and financial needs.

Outright Gifts

Outright gifts paid through cash, check, securities, or other charitable methods that best meet your philanthropic and financial needs.

Pledges

Pledges that can be paid over a period of 3-5 years.

Matching Gifts

Matching Gifts which can double the impact of your gift through a corporate matching gift program.

Tribute Gifts

Tribute Gifts made in memory of a loved one or friend, or given to celebrate holidays, birthdays or milestones, with acknowledgement sent to the person or organization that is being honored.

Planned Gifts

Planned Gifts through your will or estate, or various planned gifts can provide significant tax benefits for the donor while helping the Kennett Library & Resource Center to have greater impact on the community, now and into the future.

Recognition Opportunities

Additionally, various naming opportunities, room plaques, and other forms of recognition are available at various giving levels and areas of interest. More information is available below. We are happy to work with you to find ways to give that best meets your philanthropic needs and interests.

For more information, please reach out to Mary Hutchins by calling (302) 547-2089 or email mary@kennettlibrary.org

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”
– Anatole France

Recognition Opportunities

Donors whose cumulative giving reaches $50,000 & above are inducted into the Legacy Society and are recognized at a special donor reception and on the Legacy Society Donor Plaque.

All donors who give $10,000 & above are recognized on the main donor plaque. Donor plaques will be placed on various rooms and areas of the facility in keeping with the levels below.

All donors are recognized by level of giving in the Annual Report and on the Website. Donors can choose to remain anonymous.

Proper Naming Opportunities

The Kennett Library & (Name) Resource Center
$5,000,000

The Auditorium
$3,000,000

The Children’s Library & Stacks
$1,500,000

The Terrace
$1,500,000 (Committed)

Plaque Opportunities

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$1,000,000

Adult Library & Stacks

First Floor Lobby

First Floor Art & Exhibition Gallery

$750,000

Bayard Taylor Room (Committed)

$500,000

Adult Maker Space

Children’s Classroom

Curculation Desk

Quiet Reading & Reflection Room (Committed)

Young Adult Library sand Stacks

$250,000

Audio-Visual Technology

Adult Literacy Classroom (Committed)

Children’s Maker Space (Committed)

Multi-Purpose Rooms (2)

Second Floor Lobby

Solar Panels for Renewable Energy

$100,000

Adult Library Furnishings

Adult Literacy Offices

Office of the Director

Staff Suite & Meeting Room

Young Adult Group Study Room (Committed)

Children’s Library Furnishing (Committed)

$50,000

Group Study Rooms

Tutor Rooms (4)

$25,000

Adult Mater Space Technology (Committed)

Campus Landscaping (Committed)

Children’s Maker Space Technology (Committed)

New Library Recognition Opportunities

Click on a room for more information.

New Library Recognition Opportunities
First Floor - Adult Literacy Classroom First Floor - Adult Literacy Offices First Floor - Staff Suite & Meeting Room First Floor - Library Director First Floor - Group Study First Floor - Circulation Desk First Floor - Gallery First Floor - Lobby First Floor - Auditorium First Floor - Individual Auditorium Seat First Floor - Bayard Taylor Quiet Study First Floor - Adult Library and Stacks First Floor - Adult Furnishings Second Floor - Children's Classroom Second Floor - Multi-Purpose Room #1 Second Floor - Multi-Purpose Room #2 Second Floor - Young Adult Group Study Room Second Floor - Terrace Second Floor - Quiet Reading and Reflection Room Second Floor - Adult Maker Space Second Floor - Young Adult Library and Stacks Second Floor - Tudor Room #1 Second Floor - Tudor Room #2 Second Floor - Tudor Room #3 Second Floor - Tudor Room #4 Second Floor - Children's Library and Stacks Second Floor - Children's Library Furnishings Second Floor - Children's Maker Space Second Floor - Lobby

First Floor - Adult Literacy Classroom

*COMMITTED*
Adult Literacy Classroom
$250,000

First Floor - Adult Literacy Offices

AVAILABLE
Adult Literacy Offices
$100,000

First Floor - Staff Suite & Meeting Room

AVAILABLE
Staff Suite & Meeting Room
$100,000

First Floor - Library Director

AVAILABLE
Office of the Director
$100,000

First Floor - Group Study

AVAILABLE
Group Study
$50,000

First Floor - Circulation Desk

AVAILABLE
Circulation Desk
$500,000

First Floor - Gallery

AVAILABLE
Art and Exhibition Gallery
$1,000,000

First Floor - Lobby

AVAILABLE
First Floor Lobby
$1,000,000

First Floor - Auditorium

AVAILABLE
Auditorium
$3,000,000

First Floor - Individual Auditorium Seat

AVAILABLE
Individual Auditorium Seat
$1,000
(limit 1 per family)

First Floor - Bayard Taylor Quiet Study

*COMMITTED*
Bayard Taylor Quiet Study
$750,000

First Floor - Adult Library and Stacks

AVAILABLE
Adult Library and Stacks
$1,000,000

First Floor - Adult Furnishings

AVAILABLE
Adult Furnishings
$100,000

Second Floor - Children's Classroom

AVAILABLE
Children's Classroom
$500,000

Second Floor - Multi-Purpose Room #1

AVAILABLE
Multi-Purpose Room #1
$250,000

Second Floor - Multi-Purpose Room #2

AVAILABLE
Multi-Purpose Room #2
$250,000

Second Floor - Young Adult Group Study Room

*COMMITTED*
Young Adult Group Study Room
$100,000

Second Floor - Terrace

*COMMITTED*
Roof Terrace
$1,500,000

Second Floor - Quiet Reading and Reflection Room

*COMMITTED*
Quiet Reading and Reflection Room
$500,000

Second Floor - Adult Maker Space

AVAILABLE
Adult Maker Space
$500,000

Second Floor - Young Adult Library and Stacks

AVAILABLE
Young Adult Library and Stacks
$500,000

Second Floor - Tudor Room #1

AVAILABLE
Tudor Room #1
$50,000

Second Floor - Tudor Room #2

AVAILABLE
Tudor Room #2
$50,000

Second Floor - Tudor Room #3

AVAILABLE
Tudor Room #3
$50,000

Second Floor - Tudor Room #4

AVAILABLE
Tudor Room #4
$50,000

Second Floor - Children's Library and Stacks

AVAILABLE
Children's Library and Stacks
$1,500,000

Second Floor - Children's Library Furnishings

*COMMITTED*
Children's Library Furnishings
$100,000

Second Floor - Children's Maker Space

*COMMITTED*
Children's Maker Space
$250,000

Second Floor - Lobby

AVAILABLE
Second Floor Lobby
$250,000

Building Plans

Two years ago, the Board of Trustees identified a site within the Borough of Kennett Square on which to build the new Kennett Library & Resource Center. Located at the corner of State and Willow Streets our new home will stand as a beacon to all and a magnificent gateway to the Kennett Square business district. At a time when our community needs a lift, building the Kennett Library & Resource Center will lead us forward.

Under Library Trustees Brad Peiper and Loren Pearson’s leadership, the project has completed the design development phase and is currently undergoing “value engineering” (a technical term for cost-cutting). The current estimated cost is $18 million for the building, finishes and equipment. Considerable site work has been done, including purchasing two additional lots, obtaining predevelopment approvals and engaging an extraordinary team of project professionals.

We are now preparing the construction documents, and will go out for bid May 2021. Actual construction is projected to begin in July 2021 for completion by the end of 2022.

Key Project Dates

Design Development
Jan. 15, 2020 – Nov. 15, 2020

Construction Documents
Nov. 16, 2020 – May 18, 2021

Subcontract Bidding
May 24, 2021 – July 9, 2021

Permits in Place
Jun. 16, 2020 – Sept 7, 2021

Construction
July 23, 2021 – Dec. 30, 2022

Operating Costs

The current Library has a full-time and part-time staff of 17. The 2020 operating budget was $976,548.

The bulk of our resources come from the eight surrounding municipalities. Some have dedicated taxes, others make contributions as part of their annual budget process or pay their “Fair Share,” which is a formula based on: 1) Assessed property values, 2) Library usage, 3) Population, and 4) Library cardholders. Below is a map of the municipalities we serve.

The Kennett Library also conducts two annual appeals, which in 2019 generated $120,111. The Board also held a fund raising event at the Stone Barn, featuring Victoria Wyeth as guest speaker, which generated $60,000. The Library also has a small operating endowment.

It has been projected that it will take a full-time and part-time staff of 22 to run the new library. While the amount of space will about triple, the staffing will not even double. This is largely because the design of the library will improve sightlines and functions, as well as an expected increase in the use of volunteers. The Board of Trustees established a “Friends of the Kennett Library” to assist with marshalling volunteer resources.

Here are the expected new positions:

  • Assistant Library Director

  • Room and auditorium administrator/ scheduler

  • Volunteer Coordinator

  • Development Director

  • Maker Space / Program coordinator/administrator

The expected increase in operating expense (building and staff) will be approximately $300,000 per annum. To fund this cost, the Kennett Library has begun building its annual giving, special event and planned giving programs, which we anticipate will take a few years. The Library has a current Operating Reserve of $2.7 million which can be used to supplement future expenses.

If you would like to make a planned gift to the Kennett Library, we would be happy to send you a copy of our Partner With Us brochure and information on the new Kennett Library Legacy Society.

Visioning Study

Defining Kennett Library’s requirements to be a 21st century library – encouraging intellectual pursuits, providing resources to all, and being a locus around which communities can prosper.

 

Economic Impact Study

The purpose of this report is to estimate the library’s potential economic impact to Kennett Square Borough and the townships of Kennett, Pennsbury, Pocopson, East Marlborough, Newlin, New Garden and West Marlborough.

 

Campaign Newsletters

Supporting the Campaign for the NEW Kennett Library.

 

Join Us

The Kennett Library is a place of imagination, discovery, connectedness, and community. With your help, we can build this 21st Century Kennett Library & Resource Center which will serve the community for generations to come. Together, we can provide opportunities for people of all ages and all walks of life to gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to have a better quality of life, and provide the resources to bring people together to build and strengthen our community. Thank you.

The campaign is pleased to have amazing and dedicated community leadership. Mandy Cabot and Peter Kjellerup, Founders of Dansko, together with Paul Redman, President & CEO of Longwood Gardens are serving as Honorary Co-Chairs of the Campaign. Collis Townsend is serving as Chair of the Campaign Cabinet comprised of community leaders and philanthropists, and Jeff Yetter, as President of the Library Board of Trustees, is working with the Board members, Library Friends, and others to provide leadership and governance oversight for the project and campaign.

Board of Trustees

OFFICERS
Jeff Yetter, President
Appointed by Kennett Twp.
Bradley Peiper, Vice President
Appointed by Pocopson Twp.
Victoria Gilrane, CPA, Treasurer
Member-at-Large
William Majarian, Secretary
Member-at-Large

TRUSTEES
Barbara Bolton
Appointed by New Garden Twp.
Gail L. Bowden
Member-at-Large
Chris Britt
Member-at-Large
Todd Bruce
Appointed by Pennsbury Twp.
RuthAnn Deveney
Appointed by Kennett Square
Jim DiLuzio
Appointed by New Garden Twp.
Margaret Egli
Appointed by East Marlborough Twp.
Barbara Forney
Appointed by Newlin Twp.
Michael Guttman
Member-at-Large
Dr. Brenda Mercomes
Appointed by Kennett Square
Barbara Necarsulmer
Appointed by Pennsbury Twp.
Dr. Loren Pearson
Appointed by Newlin Twp.
David Sleasman
Member-at-Large
Collis O. Townsend
Appointed by Kennett Twp.
CHAIRMAN EMERITUS
Thomas C. Swett
Appointed by East Marlborough Twp.

Major Donors

LEADERSHIP GIFTS
$1,000,000 & Above
Anonymous
$750,000 – $999,99
Cabot Kjellerup Foundation*
$500,000 – $749,999
East Marlborough Township
Kennett Township
New Garden Township
Welfare Foundation
Walter J. and Carol Yetter*
$250,000 – $499,999
Downes Estate†
Ann and Steve Hutton
Michael and Nancy Pia
Meredith and Michael Rotko
$100,000 – $249,999
Borough of Kennett Square
Michael and Audrey F. Donohue
Forney Family Foundation
Kennett Library Board of Trustees
Jennifer and Bob McNeil
Newlin Township
Julie Noolan
Pennsbury Township
Donald and Suzanne† Phillips
Charles and Patricia Robertson
Tri-M Group, LLC
Welfare Foundation
$50,000 – $99,999
Mark & Gail Bowden*
Crystal Trust
John and Carlene Jackson
Exelon Corporation
Michael and Anne Moran
Debbie and Bob Norris*
West Marlborough Township
$25,000 – $49,999
Chichester duPont Foundation
The Davenport Foundation
Rob and Marcy Fenza*
Stephanie Jackson†
William R. Landmesser †
Dr. Richard and Sara Leff
Marmot Foundation
Wendy and Leonard Orlando-Cotton
Duer and Edna Bennett Pierce
Morris and Boo Stroud
Lynn Wachman and Mike Guttman*
West Marlborough Township
WSFS Community Foundation

 

* Board or Cabinet Member
† Deceased

 

Campaign Leadership

Honorary Campaign Co-Chairs
Mandy Cabot and Peter Kjellerup
Paul Redman

Chair, Campaign Cabinet
Collis Townsend

Cabinet Members
Barbara Cairns
Larry Bosley
Robert Fenza
Matt Fetick
Barbara Forney
Buzz Hannum, Jr.
Steve and Ann Hutton
Bob Norris

Library Trustees

Jeff Yetter
President

Brad Peiper
Vice President

Tom Swett
Chairman Emeritus

Staff

Mary Hutchins
Development Associate