For the first time in 104 years the Joslin Memorial Library in Waitsfield is reaching out to the community for support for a capital campaign.

This week the Joslin Memorial Library leadership team publicly announced its More than a Good Read campaign to undertake a renovation of the historic library building. The campaign cabinet, led by co-chairs Jean Joslin and Trish Read, has been working since last summer to quietly raise funds for the project.

Renovations will bring the library into ADA compliance, with full accessibility and interior use for those with mobility challenges. Additionally, the first level, formerly the Waitsfield town offices, will encompass a larger children's library and allow for both community meeting space and expanded adult and youth programming. The updated main floor will boast new energy-efficient lighting, bookshelves and furniture, redesigned stacks and reading/work areas, a gas fireplace and newly finished oak floors with Oriental-style rugs. The budget also provides for a technology fund to purchase new laptops and other equipment required to meet the current needs of patrons old and young.

Community engagement and support is now needed to reach the total project goal amount of $572,000. The budget includes $364,000 for construction costs, $58,000 for administrative costs, and $150,000 for a program, technology and sustainability fund.

Private fundraising since last May currently totals more than $426,000, with donations received from more than 150 individuals and families from Waitsfield, Fayston, Warren and surrounding towns. Several state and private grants are also currently being sought. The campaign committee and trustees are hoping to complete the campaign this spring, with a targeted grand reopening and celebration in late fall.

Complete details on the project (including campaign brochures) are available at the library. Joslin and Read will also speak briefly at their respective Town Meetings regarding the plans and will be available for any questions. Questions about the project can be directed to campaign coordinator Ruth Ann Pattee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tax-deductible contributions to the project can be made to Joslin Library Campaign, Town of Waitsfield, P.O. Box 283, Waitsfield, VT 05673.