“The spaces we have are not
adequate for the number of
patrons we are seeing”
- Rick Ward, BRRL Director
The need for an expansion of this small library has been a long-term goal of the Library Director, Trustees and BRRL Foundation. As Director Rick Ward said, "This library has gotten so successful that the spaces we have are not adequate for the numbers of patrons we are seeing."
The Library Trustees voted for an expansion and renovation of the existing library in 2019, to better serve the Bassett community. The pandemic brought our plans to a temporary halt, beginning in March 2020.
A site survey was done in 2020, and the Trustees hired experienced library architect Glenn Reynolds to design preliminary plans in 2021. We are planning a branch library for the next 10 - 20 years. A Steering Committee was formed in August 2022, comprised of Bassett Library patrons, Trustees and Foundation members. In the fall of 2022, BRRL Foundation President, Elizabeth Haskins completed an application to the Harvest Foundation to request funds. An updated cost analysis was done by Blair Construction in November 2023. The estimate is $2,084,137 for the addition, renovation of the existing building, parking and landscaping.
The Steering Committee held a project launch on March 24, 2023, and we are thrilled to announce that the Harvest Foundation made a pledge of $396,184, which requires matching funds. The project campaign slogan is "Build a Better Bassett....Book by Book." The MHC After 3 youth designed the logo.
Our goal is to raise $2,224,000 to include appliances and furniture.
The Bassett Branch Library Expansion and Renovation Project aims to increase patron participation in library programming, as well as improve other areas including:
We invite you to make a difference in the lives of our residents by making a pledge or donation towards "Building a Better Bassett"
Make checks payable to:
The Blue Ridge Regional Library Foundation, Inc.
Blue Ridge Regional Library Foundation, Inc.
3969 Fairystone Park Highway
Bassett, VA 24055
(please note "for Expansion Project" in memo)
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