•Westbrook Public Library will celebrate new addition with open house next week
Westbrook — Over the years the Westbrook Public Library has grown from a 12 by 20 foot room in the old fire hall to a modern approximately 2200 square foot facility.
The first expansion of the library happened in the early 1970’s when it was moved to a building on the south end of First Avenue. The move, at the time, more than doubled the library space, and the city council chambers was also moved to the back end of the building. The building is now occupied by KC Repair.
In the mid-nineties the library was moved again when the city council and municipal utilities built a new building on the southwest corner of Sixth Street and First Avenue. It is housed in the rear end of the new city hall.
For several years the library board considered a building expansion plan, but they did not have the money to proceed with it at the time.
In April of 2011 Mayor Rocky Kolar attended a library board meeting and told the board they would be getting $30,000 from the City of Westbrook as part of the final disbursement of the Maylen and Alyce Peterson estate money.
At that time the board voted to proceed with fund raising to put on an addition of 30 by 43 feet. Fund raising efforts then began in earnest.
Beside the fund raising efforts of the library itself, there were several large donations received from the Westbrook Womens Club, WAV, Kiwanis Club, Westbrook Lions Club, Westbrook VFW Club, Westbrook Public Utilities, Bank Midwest, Westbrook Ag Power, Tom Tighe Construction, and Onken Backhoe Service. A grant was also received from the American Library Foundation to develop a teen area.