Expansion and renovation of Dickinson Library in the works

.The library in Dickinson could soon be getting a major upgrade.

The building has undergone four additions since it was built in 1908. The fifth expansion is meant to accommodate a growing number of programs.

Plans for a $10 million plus renovation and expansion of the Dickinson Area Public Library are in the works.

Right now, a small parking lot, gravel, trees and a small bookstore sit to the south of the library. But that area could soon be the setting for a new addition to the building.

“Our library programming has grown significantly,” Library Director Rita Ennen said. “We do lots and lots and lots of children's programs.”

Ennen says they hosted more than 30,000 people last year for programs for all ages. She says they just don't have the space as their biggest room only holds about 100 people. The addition would have an auditorium and two multipurpose rooms. The renovation to the bottom level would create a kids-only floor with a separate teen space, a larger area for story time and more computer space.

“People come in, they get their books and they turn in their coupons but they also go to STEAM programs, they also go to adult craft clubs, we have book clubs, we have film society,” Ennen said.

Preliminary plans put the project somewhere between $10 and $12 million, money acquired through fundraising and grants.

“The community here is so generous and they've been really good with us,” Ennen said. “Our programming has grown the way it has because of the support we have.”

Ennen says the construction schedule depends on fundraising.