'Today the dream becomes a reality'; Library breaks ground on new building

The Loogootee Public Library has broken ground on a new facility.

Posted: Mar. 21, 2019 6:55 PM

LOOGOOTEE, Ind. (WTHI) - Terri Trotter has worked at the Loogootee public library for ten years. In that time she has seen the needs of the community change.

Trotter says, "I've seen a lot of changes. A lot of good changes. Lot's more people. The library is not just for books. We have people who use computers all the time. People who come into fax or scan papers."

The promise of change brought dozens out on a cold Thursday. The library broke ground on a new facility.

Library director Darla Wagler says, "Today is just an amazing day. I could hardly sleep last night and I was up at four o'clock. I was just ready to meet the day.

The new library will sit in a residential zone. Meaning new opportunities within walking distance for many people.

Trotter says, "Some of those people might come to the library that didn't come to the library before."

The library received a $1.1 million loan from the USDA. That loan is part of a $17.4 million nationwide investment by the federal government. Currently, the library has raised one hundred and thirty-five thousand dollars towards that loan's down payment.

Wagler says, "Without library supporters, we wouldn't be at where we are today. Today the dream becomes a reality."

Construction on the new building begins Monday, March 25th. Trotter says she is excited to get to work.

Trotter says, "I think it's a tremendous opportunity for us. More books, more programs, a lot better service."

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