Bangor Public Library close to fundraising goal

BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With part of the new copper roof installed and other restoration plans in place, the Bangor public library is getting close to reaching its fundraising goal. But it's not quite there yet.

After receiving money from more than a thousand donors, the library is just $13,000 shy of its $9 million goal.

It quickly hit $6 million with a bond from the city and a donation from Stephen and Tabitha King, but the rest has been up to donations from the people of the Bangor area.

Brittany Simmons has been going to the library since she was a kid. She says it's worth the money.

"There's no greater investment than that of our youth, especially. And this is a landmark. It's a historical landmark. It's been here for over a hundred years. And I hope to see my grandchildren come and their children as well."

Some of the restoration plans include opening up the interior and getting new technology, but the building will keep its traditional look and feel.

Starting in August, the library will move about half of its collection to a temporary location until the renovations are complete.


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