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Milton Public Library Expansion Project
Architectural Renderings: First Floor | Second Floor | Front Clock Tower | Expansion Fast Facts

May 25, 2016
Construction began work a few weeks ago and work is currently on schedule. Library staff is happy that the major portion of demolition is completed, and it’s a lot quieter in the library!

Excavation and footings for the new entrance are finished and library walls are starting to appear. Construction crews are also installing electrical conduit and main duct runs on the first and second floor.

Just a heads up: the library will have to close a day or two in the summer and again in the fall to complete work in the lower level. The public will be notified ahead of time.

Any questions regarding the library construction or services can be answered by calling the library at 608-868-7462.

Walls are being put up! Pictured on the right are the staff break room and offices. And drawn on the floor of the picture on the left is the curve of the storytime room.

May curve May walls

Posted April 4, 2016

library underground

The library has re-opened today in its new location in the basement of the Shaw building.
Library hours will remain the same in our temporary space! We still have a terrific selection of the most popular and newest books and DVDs.

Parking is now located in the back of the building. Take Rogers Street to Davis Street.

Construction Update:
A new water line is being installed this week to provide water for the new sprinkler system. Hazardous materials mediation will start next week, then demolition and construction follow in mid-April.

The project is due to be complete in December 2016.


Posted 21 March 2016
Following Milton City Council’s unanimous vote last week to accept Gilbank Construction’s bid for the library’s renovation, work is scheduled to begin mid-April on the first and second floor.

To maximize efficiency and lower project costs, construction will be done on both floors at the same time.
To accomplish this, the library will move out of the first floor to its temporary location in the building’s lower level.

The library will be closed from Friday, March 25 until Monday, April 4 to facilitate the short timeline to
vacate the first floor. The UW-Shakespeare program will still be held on April 2 at 1:00 at the School District offices at 448 E High Street.

The temporary library will open on April 4 with regular library hours. Parking will be available in the Davis Street parking lot behind the building. Limited space will be available in the library’s High Street lot. Patrons will use the back door from the Davis Street lot to enter.

The temporary library will offer many of the current services, including public computers, a selection of the most popular titles of books and DVDs, proctoring, and computer classes. The library will continue to hold childrens, teens, and adult programs at a near-by location.

The expanded two-story library will be completed by the end of the year and will include features for the entire community. A children’s museum-quality exploration center, a makerspace for all ages to create and explore science, math, arts, and technology concepts, a hi-tech conference room for local organizations and businesses, and much more.


Cultivating Progress, a free event, will take place Saturday, November 7, from 1 to 5 pm at Lucy’s Hideaway,
5847 E. County Rd N in Milton, WI.

The event features a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, meat raffle and live auction with Bob Johnson of Badger State Auction. The silent auction begins at 1 pm, and the live auction starts at 4 pm. The Wisconsin Badgers football game will play during the fundraiser.

A $5 lunch special will offered throughout the event. The event is open to people of all ages. To donate auction items or for more information, please contact Lisa Brooks at 608-868-7462 or

** The Milton Public Library is now over halfway in its fundraising campaign toward a $2.8 million
renovation that will transform a small town public library of 8000 square feet to an 18,000 square foot community center. It includes a museum-quality Children’s Area that will feature an agricultural- themed learning center.

Milton Public Library: Donors give back, 3 gifts total $135,000

Milton Courier Article, April 29, 2015 __________________________________________________________

Grandparent ReadingUpdate: Spring 2015
Milton City Council Helps the Library Move Forward
With Milton City Council’s recent approval to fund $750,000 in building safety and code upgrades, the Milton Public Library’s fundraising campaign continues to move forward. The goal is to raise the $2.7 million required for the complete expansion and renovation project. With the City’s contribution, the campaign is just about at its halfway point, with a total of $1.33 million.

Fundraising Continues
Work continues behind the scenes with grant writing, visits to potential donors, and foundation requests. Fundraising moves into the community this fall, when we’ll be making a wide appeal for donations from the general public. The campaign has been successful so far due to generous supporters and an outstanding campaign committee consisting of local educators, a library consultant, and other experienced professionals. Fundraising is expected to be complete by the end of 2015.

Next Stage
The next stage will be the demolition and construction of the second floor. This will begin late in the fall of 2015. Construction is anticipated to take 12-15 months, with the second floor due to open in December of 2016.

A Highly Used Facility
There has been tremendous support for an expanded library in Milton. While Milton’s population has grown 25 percent since the library opened its doors in the Shaw building in 1987, library usage has tripled. Over 80 percent of Milton residents have library cards; that’s compared to a national average of 58 percent. Overall, Wisconsin ranks 13th nationally in registered library users. Each week, an average of 647,000 visits were made to Wisconsin public libraries in 2012. By comparison, season total attendance at Packer home games was about 564,000 in the same year.

The Library as a Third Place
Libraries are sometimes described as a “third place” in communities. That is, after home and work, it is the third place people spend regular time visiting. The library is free to use, is warm and welcoming to everyone, has something for all ages, and, in Milton, is open 7 days a week.

Just like any thriving organization, libraries are constantly developing new ideas and services to meet their community’s needs and make themselves more relevant than ever. Today, the library in Milton not only checks out over 100,000 items each year, it offers children classes that develop math and science literacy, as well as reading skills. There are teen programs that allow students to use their leadership abilities and creativity. The library has also introduced innovative programming that allows people of all ages to learn new skills with technology.

Libraries remain that third place where people of all ages can create rather than just consume. To quote our mission statement, the Milton Public Library “nurtures learning and creativity, creates opportunities and enriches lives by bringing people and ideas together”.

Strong communities prosper with easy access to the latest technology, information, and services. The expansion of the library will offer all of this, plus an incredible space for its visitors.


Update: Fall 2014
The $2.5 million library expansion project has started with a huge show of support from the communi
100 WomenWhat began with 15 supporters has grown to over 150 women who have each pledged a $1,000 gift ($200 per year over 5 years) for an expanded and beautiful library that will serve our community for generations to come.

The initiative, called the 100 Women Campaign, was organized to support the new children’s storytime area in the library. This spacious new area will include beautiful seating for children and families to spread out and enjoy quality time together, as well as acreative play space that will engage kids and encourage lifelong learning through different activities designed to promote critical thinking and problem solving.

The 100 Women campaign launches the overall fundraising strategy that includes funding from grants, individuals, corporations, and foundations, as well as from the City of Milton. Fundraising is expected to be complete in 2016.

Other highlights of the expansion include a special section just for teens, a large community room for meetings of all sorts, space for tutors to work with students, and a technology lab for public computer access and classes. Another exciting addition will be a makerspace, a large hands-on workshop offering equipment, supplies, and local experts to guide participants through the creation of original animation, video, science projects, art, and much more.

Additional opportunities for the community to donate will be announced at a later date, but it’s not too late to be a part of the 100 Women Campaign.

For questions about donating or the expansion plans, call Library Director Lisa Brooks at 608-868-7462.