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The Onawa Public Library raised money to repair the roof of the original library building. Through your generosity we were able to raise $101,000. This along with the City Council's approval of the use of up to $75,000 in TIF money we were able to cover the entire cost of the project. 


As of December 23, 2021 we raised a $101,000 of the $120,000 bid amount. This money included $4000 from Black Hills Energy, $5000 grant from the MCCPF an affiliate of the Siouxland Community Foundation, $10,000 from Vaughn Foods LTD, $5395 from the Friends of the Library Membership extra donations, $2550 from the Friends of the Library, $35,000 from the Onawa Library Advocates Foundation, $5000 from the Kelly Fund, many personal donations, Memorial Brick sales, Basket Silent Auction, and several small fundraisers such as face masks, t-shirts, and candy bars. 


The original roof has proven its worth over the last 112 years but was showing some damage that had to be repaired. The project included lifting the original tiles to replace the underlayment, replacing any broken tile with tile that we had on hand from the expansion project, repairing any soffit damage, replacing the fascia around the original building and any other needed repairs that are found. The City Council also approved a few additional work items such as removing the shingles and repairing the front entryway roof to bring it back to it's original look. We have new lettering for there as well! 


Weathercraft, Co is here! They began work on November 9th. We did hire a Preservation Architect and he approved of our choice of Weathercraft. He has full confidence they will do a great job for us! We are certainly not disappointed in their hard work and attention to detail to repair all the damaged areas correctly rather than cheap and quick! The main part of this job has been completed so there was no further damage. Weathercraft will return mid to late March to finish up the front awning and any other small items that needed completed. 

 Start Date November 9th

Completion Date 

Roof Fund Progress Picture


We have added a Paypal link to the Friends of the Library page if you are interested in an online donation (please note if the donation is for the roof project)


A very special thank you to everyone helping to make this project a reality.


Preservation Architect Report