Lending Process Delays Baraboo Library Project Again As Name Changed To Honor Donors | Regional news







Baraboo Library Volunteers William Emerson, 16, left, and Rain Thomas, 13, show 5-year-old Aria Defosse-Chavez of Wisconsin Dells how to make a paper rhino in Baraboo’s Maxwell-Potter Conservancy Park on June 22nd makes. The library’s Game On program is one of several off-year activities held to accommodate a construction project that has not yet started.


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The Baraboo Library changed its name today, the only advance organizers have seen in months as they try to get approved the final move on a USDA $ 6 million loan.

Since July 1st, the building has been called the Carnegie-Schadde Memorial Public Library and commemorates a donation of 2.5 million US dollars that secured the expansion and modernization project that was to break the ground in April .

Whooping crane chick Wampanoag with foster mother Achilles on June 20th in the kennel of the International Crane Foundation. Wampanoag is the offspring of two cranes in the Stone Zoo of New England Zoo in Massachusetts. Footage provided by ICF.



Library Board President John Ellington said it was sort of progressing as the wait for final approval continues.

“We just decided, ‘Let’s just change the name,'” said Ellington. “Let people know it’s still happening.”

$ 3.2 million donated to the Baraboo Public Library for expansion

In early April, library director Jessica Bergin said the project had been delayed until early or mid-June. At the beginning of July, they are still awaiting approval of the financial part of their application after months of work by city officials submitting materials.

“It will still happen, just not on the schedule we planned,” said Bergin.






Director of the Baraboo Public Libraryoo

Jessica Bergin


The expansion and renovation project will overtake the 117-year-old library by upgrading its current 14,000 square feet and adding 22,000 square feet of new space at a cost of more than $ 10 million.

Donation creates space for expansion and renovation of the Baraboo Public Library

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The construction plans have already been approved. Once finalized, they can get bids from contractors, which is what they hoped for months ago. Bergin said the project will start and likely end about three months behind schedule. Completion was originally planned for September 2022.


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