Making a Plan
In 1998, Carole Arnold wrote a small $500 planning grant to assist the Library District in planning to plan. The System Director was the facilitator in the planning sessions. A state library consultant also determined that at least 7,500 square feet was needed for the district. In 1999, Carole and the trustees began to look around for property. A committee walked or drove around the community to look at vacant land and/or buildings that might be for sale or were empty. Local realtors assisted.
In 2000, the Town of Dolores stated that they needed space at Town Hall, and the District began to look at re-designing the location. Carole had worked with Jon Schler and his architectural students with the earlier remodeling project at the Town Hall. Again, they assisted with the new project.
The Impact of Grants
Carole wrote an Energy Impact Grant for $300,000 in 2001. An election was held in November to build a new library. The vote failed by a small margin. As a result, the District was going to lose half the grant. Carole contacted State Representative Kay Alexander and wrote a letter to the director at the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Senator Jim Isgar and Representative Mark Larson helped to save the grant, and the District was able to keep $250,000 of the grant. Ken Charles, a local consultant based in Durango, also assisted.
Land and Design
In December 2001, land was donated by John and Beulah Becher Vanderpool. This property, located next to the post office, had been in the Becher family for many years.
In 2002, 28 architects responded to a Request for Tender for building a new library. This number was cut to 8, and finally, Dennis Humphries and Joseph Poli of Humphries Poli Architects of Denver were chosen.
Humphries | Poli – Architect
Carole and the trustees again began the process for an election and for additional financing. This process resulted in many public meetings and planning sessions. Grants were written and awarded.
The successful election on November 5, 2002, allowed for the finished plans. Bids were let out to begin the project, and Colorado Jaynes Company was awarded the bid. The Library was completed in April 2004, with the doors opening in May 2004.
The Library was completely built with grants, donations, and fundraising efforts, with the exception of $200,000. Dolores State Bank provided the additional financing, and the capital lease will be paid off in August 2013.
Grants to build the library were awarded from:
- Ballentine Family Foundation $2,000
- Boettcher Foundation $25,000
- Coors Foundation $35,000
- El Pomar Foundation $25,000
- Energy Impact Grant $250,000
- Gates Family Foundation $100,000
Additional funds were donated by:
- Dolores State Bank $5,000
- Community Bank of the Rockies – funds to purchase chairs and tables for young adults
- Citizens State Bank, Vectra Bank, First National Bank, donated funds for young adult shelving
- Anonymous: Three at $20,000 each; one at $10,000
In addition to the land donated Mr. and Mrs. Vanderpool, the District received a wide variety of other donations, which included furnishings, materials, and labor, among others, from many donors.
- Aspen Wall Wood, Inc. – ceilings
- Muscanell Millwork – white oak flooring in Anasazi Reading Room
- Haycamp Gravel – dirt and gravel
- Larrie Rule (Mancos Redi-Mix) – concrete for the outside patio areas
- Westminster Library – bookshelves, study carrels, and children’s table
- Holme, Roberts, and Owen, LLP, of Denver – shelving
- John Bender – oak end sections for book shelves
- Corky’s Plumbing – fireplace installation
- Evie Bardeen (The Flying Pig) – rug in children’s room
- Town and Country Furnishings – leather sofa in Anasazi Reading Room and discount on other furnishings
- City Market – various materials
- Walmart – various materials
- Bev Speece – petrified rocks for landscape
- Anonymous donation – curved wall and chandelier in meeting room
- Anonymous donation – fireplace in Anasazi Reading Room