Library receives $400,000 for new building project

August 10, 2018

The Herald-Dispatch

BARBOURSVILLE — The Cabell County Public Library is one step closer to funding a new branch for the village of Barboursville.

U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., announced Thursday that the Cabell County Public Library received a $400,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which will be used to help build a new 14,000-square-foot public library in Barboursville, replacing the current 51-year-old facility.

The new space will include a large meeting room, rooms for studying, a dedicated space for children and a space for young adults.

“Libraries contain limitless knowledge and service as a meeting place for many community organizations,” Jenkins said in a press release. “This new facility will expand critical library services throughout Cabell County and I’m proud to support this project.”

Cabell County Public Library Director Judy Rule has handled fundraising responsibilities for the new Barboursville branch building. She said the county library had initially applied for an additional $100,000 when writing the grant, but is grateful for what was awarded.

“We are so very pleased that we were awarded this grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities,” Rule said. “(The grant) will provide the impetus to move our efforts forward toward our goal of $4 million and the completion of a new and larger library for Barboursville.”

The grant is awarded on the principle that the Cabell County Public Library will match the total amount by a 3-1 ratio through additional fundraising — meaning to receive the full $400,000, the library must raise $1.2 million on its own.

Donations must come from outside donors and may not include government dollars. Rule said the Cabell County Public Library, with the grant money, has raised $1.5 million for the new building before additional fundraising.

Rule said the library plans on accepting the grant over the course of four years. The unofficial timeline grants the Cabell County Public Library $50,000 the 2018-19 fiscal year; $100,000 in year two; $150,000 in year three, and the final $50,000 in 2021-22.

Though the funding is on a four-year timeline, Rule said the need for a new facility in Barboursville is urgent as water issues have created a multitude of issues for the structure built in 1967.

“We would love to get out of that building and into a new one as soon as possible. My dream is to have this done in the next couple of years, maybe three,” Rule said. “But most likely we will not make any progress until next spring. There are other things that have to happen before we break ground.”

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