Chadron Library Backers Asking Council To Support Expansion Posted by John Axtell Date: February 13, 2020 3 Views CHADRON – Backers of the Chadron Public Library are hoping residents turn out in large numbers at Monday night’s city council meeting to convince council members to formally endorse a multi-million dollar renovation-and-expansion project. Library Director Rossella Tesch says they’re not asking the city to make any kind of financial commitment at this time, just a formal show of support. PLAY SOUNDBITE Tesch encourages library supporters who can’t attend Monday’s meeting to write or email the council members and ask for passage of the resolution. The non-profit Chadron Library Foundation, which raises funds to support the library, has been exploring a new or expanded facility for more than a decade. It commissioned a study in 2009 that recommended a library of about 16,000-square feet – more than twice the space of the existing library, which was built with a grant from Andrew Carnegie and renovated with a small expansion in the 1960s. The Library Board in 2013 advanced from some 2 years of planning to chose the Denver firm of Humphries|Poli Architects to design the Library renovation and addition. After several months of community input, Humphries Poli came up with a design estimated to cost at that time about $6-million dollars, with the design going on the shelf until a time in the future when major capital campaign would begin.