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The Onawa Public Library is raising money to put toward repairing the roof of the original library building.


The original roof has proven its worth over the last 112 years but is showing some damage that must be repaired. The project includes lifting the original tiles to replace the underlayment, replacing any broken tile with tile that we have 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.


As of September 21, 2021 we have raised $55,202 of the $120,000 bid amount. This money includes $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, many personal donations, Memorial Brick sales, Basket Silent Auction, and several small fundraisers such as face masks, t-shirts, and candy bars. We have grants that we have applied for and hope to have those results soon and we will continue raising as much funds as possible.


The City Council has approved the use of TIF funds to ensure this project is completed but have also asked that we continue to work on raising money to get us closer to our goal. The Friends of the Library had a booth at Ventures and the items that were donated are displayed at the library for you to purchase. We will be having a Silent Auction and a couple programs coming soon to give other opportunities for people to help raise money.


Weathercraft, Co will be doing the work when the time comes. They were able to provide a bid that fit our needs in order to maintain the historic aspect of this amazing building. 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!

Estimated Start Date October 4th (Material Shortages and weather can affect roof projects)


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 make this project a reality.


Preservation Architect Report