Friends of Duck Creek Regional Library are not giving up! Our community needs a new library and community center! We are searching for new property and will be sharing our findings at the next Friends of Duck Creek Regional Library meeting on February 19, 6:00 pm at Belmont Hall. Over half a million dollars have been raised and the State of Delaware has committed $4.4 million to construction of our library. Two estates have named the new library as a recipient of funds, totaling up to another $400,000. We are hoping to move forward with a new site by late spring!
First a little history: in 2016, the Town of Smyrna and Friends of Duck Creek Regional Library signed a Memorandum of Understanding for five parcels of land in downtown Smyrna. The parcels included the former Smyrna School District Administrative Building on Main Street as well as the public parking lot behind it and other adjacent parcels which would have allowed access from East South Street. The library was to lease the land from the town for 99 years at a rate of $1.00 per year. Various community focus groups representing diversified demographics were held to determine what was needed in a new library. After these meetings, conceptual design was completed and shared with the community and Town.
It was necessary that the five parcels identified in the Memorandum of Understanding needed be combined, so that a new library could be constructed across property lines. As this process started, it was discovered that what is on paper isn’t always real. There was a street that existed only on paper that the Town Council needed to formally close. Numerous presentations were made by Friends of the Duck Creek Library in an effort to inform and address any questions or concerns of the Council, neighbors and community. In December of 2018, with the Town Hall packed with supporters, the Town was asked to hold a public hearing so this process could be completed and the library could move forward. Even though five of the six people voting had voted in favor of the Memorandum of Understanding originally, three of the six members voted against holding a public hearing. The Friends knew it was time to move on!
The Friends want to thank the community for the support shown by attending presentations, meetings and speaking in favor of the library at town meetings. Also, the Friends want to thank the three council members who voted in support of the library.
Please stay tuned as we continue to move forward! Everyone is always welcome at any of our meetings held the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 in Belmont Hall.
Friends of Duck Creek Regional Library is an all-volunteer, charitable organization dedicated to improving library resources and programs in the Duck Creek region of Delaware.
Smyrna's population is growing at an incredible rate and it is clear that a bigger library is urgently needed to accommodate the area’s growth. Friends of Duck Creek Regional Library is working hard to bring the vision of the new facility into a reality.
Your help is urgently needed.
Your contribution, large or small, is important to completing the new library. No contribution is too small. Please consider a tax deductible donation to ensure we able to meet the demands of our growing and revitalized communtiy.
Libraries help "level the playing field" and ensure that no child is left behind. Libraries not only have significant impact on students personal and educational development, but have a positive impact on learning.
Our new facility will house both desktop and laptop computers. The recommendation is to have the number of personal computers equal to one PC for every 20 library visits per day.
With meeting and presentation spaces, work and study spaces, a Children's area, and more - we will foster a sense of community and collaboration. The new Library facility will be a social, cultural and educational center for our community.
The staff will be always eager to provide assistance and referrals to the community. Additionally, the all-inclusive, safe and friendly environment will be a unique forum for social networking, book clubs and reading groups.
"The Smyrna Library is small with limited resources. It is primarily book driven and the new library will have more computers and technology and be able to better satisfy the needs of Smyrna and the region."
"Downtown Smyrna is making a huge effort to revive itself and having this new library will really help the area."
"(The Smyrna Library) got money a few years ago to make repairs and improvements but it’s just too small to serve its purpose. They are in desperate need of a new building."