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Library planning to continue with proposed budget

The Mayor’s Executive Budget was released at the meeting of the Appleton Common Council last night. We are pleased to report that within the budget there is funding included to continue working on a solution for the Appleton Public Library. In June, the City of Appleton Common Council did not approve the aquisition of the site that ranked the highest in the site selection process. Since then, the library board has taken time to consider potential avenues to move forward in order to come to a proposal that will be supported.

The future of Appleton Public Library’s facility plans are closely intertwined with the future of downtown Appleton. The heart of our city is facing important decisions regarding solutions for our aging parking infrastructure. A comprehensive 56-block downtown parking analysis was completed last year providing options for solutions. Another process has begun to study mobility throughout downtown, including travel by foot, bicycle, automobile and public transit. In addition, the city and Appleton Downtown Incorporated are soliciting proposals to undergo a visioning process and update the downtown section of the city’s comprehensive plan.

Decisions about parking and access were identified as primary concerns throughout the months of feedback solicited in 2014. These concerns were echoed by council during public meeting decision points investigating the proposed site. Additionally, there were questions about how the proposed site for the library fit into the big picture for downtown Appleton. Mayor Hanna has factored all of these complicated issues into his 2016 budget proposal.

This proposal contains a Capital Improvement Project for Downtown Development (pg. 608) including funding for the library totaling $30,500,000 over four years: 
   • 2016 - $500,000
   • 2017 - $5,000,000
   • 2018 - $15,000,000
   • 2019 - $10,000,000

This timeline allows for the completion of pending mobility and downtown vision studies to inform important decisions before the council. Since 2008, the library has been in the process of evaluating the condition of the current facility, as well as future needs and priorities of our community. Mayor Hanna’s transmittal letter states that work done by the Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees regarding the future needs of the library and leading up to the initial site recommendation remains valid. He is anticipating a collaborative decision making process, involving both the library board and the common council, to reach a consensus regarding the future of the library.

Fox Arts Network FAN Pass

We're excited to announce our newest program, FAN Pass. We've partnered with over 20 local educational, art and entertainment organizations to bring this unique program to you. Starting mid-September we will have various free offers for you to "check out" from our partner organizations. A display with all of the offers will be set up near our Children's Services entrance beginning September 14.

How does it work?
1. Select an offer of your choice from the display located near Children's Services.
2. Bring the laminated FAN Pass display card to the library Information Desk, along with your library card.
3. Staff will give you a voucher in exchange for the display card.
4. The organization you choose your offer from will collect the voucher in exchange for admission. Most organizations will require you to contact them in advance to receive admission tickets. Contact information for organizations, along with instructions on how to redeem your offer, can be found on the voucher you receive.

FAN Pass Guidelines
1. Some offers will change monthly.
2. Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved.
3. You may use one pass per family per month.
4. Passes are only available for one-time use.
5. A library card in good standing (fines under $5.00) is needed to check out the pass.
6. Passes are good for the stated offer only.

If you have questions about FAN Pass, please let us know. For a list of future and current partners, please see the PDF located below.

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