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Council mulls library renovations

The members of Whitewater Common Council discuss what to do with the Library.

Irvin L. Young Memorial Library is about to take off on a capital campaign to raise over $2,500,000 from donations and $3,000,000  from the City of Whitewater to help fund an expansion up to 4,400 additional square feet. This transformation of the library will provide a bigger makerspace area with upgraded technology to allow everyone to create, design and learn  high tech skills, as well as an early learning area including play centers and places to gather. An engaging teen and pre-teen space for teens to unwind, an expanded large and small meeting for studying and collaborating are additional proposed spaces. An outdoor table and space for community members to utilize the 24/7 internet when the library is not open will provide additional accessibility to materials and the opportunity for community residents to learn the latest technology, among other valuable skills. 

Resident Kristine Zaballos explains their concerns and love for the library in Whitewater.

On Nov. 7, The Common Council discussed the proposed renovations at the Nov. 7 meeting, including what is going to help reach the financial goals for the project. 

“We need to consider both capital and opening aspects. In either scenario, the burden remains on the taxpayers,” marketing & communications librarian Jill Filler said. “Since the Common Council’s initial pledge, several developments have occurred. I want the public to be aware that the city has a full agenda ahead of costly projects, to prioritize.”

Over this past year, a local family in Whitewater has donated $1 million to help the project out and create a new meaning for the library. 

“I’ve seen libraries in other communities. I’ve seen how they’re used. It is such a gem,” said resident Kristine Zaballos. 

Whitewater City Manager John Weidl said he is excited about the project and what it will mean for Whitewater residents.

“I’m thrilled for the library and the community to see how much progress has been made towards fundraising for the library’s renovation. A well-funded and functioning library is central to our city and our community’s education and literacy.”

Donations to the capital campaign can be sent to the Whitewater Community Foundation, at W Main St Whitewater, WI. Donations can also be made online at

Common Council meetings are held every second and fourth Tuesday of the month. For more information about the Common Council, and to view previous meetings and minutes visit the website.

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