Not Too Late to Stop or Modify the Appleton Library Project by Tom Roessler

On November 14, 2018 the Appleton Common Council approved the 2019 budget.   The 2019 budget included $5 million for site excavation work on the new mixed-use public library.  At that point many Appleton city residents who may have had lingering questions about the potential cost to taxpayers, location choice or usability and accessibility of the chosen Soldier’s Square site, threw in the towel. However, in order for the city to spend any of these funds the common council must vote on this specific measure, and pass it by a majority of the council members / Alderpersons.  Since there are 15 council members it would mean at least eight alderpersons would have to vote yes to spend any of the $5 million.  This it is why it is so important for all who are against the proposed library project, or just want some answers to question that weren't fully answered, that they contact their alderperson, preferably by phone, to express their opinion on the library project.  Contact information for each alderperson can be found under the reference tab of this website.

Submitted by: ACT Appleton Concerned Taxpayers

Appleton Public Library Usage in Decline by Tom Roessler

Below are some facts that every Appleton resident should know about the Appleton Public library. After reviewing this post consider contacting your alderperson, preferably by phone (a link can be found on the “Resource” tab of this website). Ask your alderperson if he/she plans to support the library expansion when Appleton and statewide library use is in decline.

Total Circulation for the APL (Appleton Public Library) has decreased 35% from 2009 to 2017. 1

Library Visits at the APL have decreased 21% from 2009 to 2017. 1

Printed books owned by the APL have decreased 21% from 2009 to 2017. 1

E-books available at the APL have increased 1567% from 2004 to 2017. 1

Uses of Public Internet computers at the APL has decreased 64% from 2009 to 2017. 1

State wide library usage has declined mirroring the decline at the APL.2

Condition of the current library- A 2009 engineering study described the condition of the current APL as excellent.  A subsequent 2014 engineering study reaffirmed that the library was in excellent condition. 3

Expansion of the current library- A 2008 study found that 12,000 square feet could be added to the current library by adding a second floor to the east wing of the APL. 4

Engineering Study– A $12,000 engineering studyis needed to determine the feasibility of adding square footage to the second floor of the APL.  A request was made to the council in August of this year however the funds have still not been authorized. 5

Cost of the project and who will pay for it– Appleton residents will bear the entire cost of library project.  It is estimated the cost of the new library will be $30 million. 6

The data for this calculation can be found at the following website:

A summary of statewide library trends can be found at this website:

Final Building assessment report, August 20, 2014 completed by Harwood Engineering Consultants.

2008 study completed by Durrant and Himmel Wilson

August 9, 2018 proposal submitted by Larson Engineering Incorporated, Appleton, WI.

APC article November 8, 2018.

We need more answers on the Appleton library proposal by Tom Roessler

The following article was written by Mike Thomas and printed in the April 7, 2018 Appleton Post Crescent.

I have attended the last three meetings concerning the alternatives for a mixed-use library in Appleton.  The first time the public was informed of the recommended proposal was Feb. 26 during a presentation to the Appleton Finance Committee and Library Board. 

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Biggar: Remodeling Appleton's Library vs Building New by Tom Roessler

Prepared November 2014 by: Curtis Biggar Architect / Broker 

Andrew Carnegie is credited with founding the free public library system, in the late 1800’s, open to all, and for instituting the open stack policy which allowed patrons to browse the libraries volumes. Carnegie’s target audience was “for those who are industrious & ambitious, not for those who need everything done for them.” 

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