Library Director Christy Ross believes a community area with tables and chairs may be beneficial for organizations who could use the space for meetings, or it may be used for program events at the library.
Library Director Christy Ross believes a community area with tables and chairs may be beneficial for organizations who could use the space for meetings, or it may be used for program events at the library.

   In a small, brick-and-mortar building that has served as the public library for the village of Brandon for 105 years, there resided a dream.

   A dream to expand.

   A dream that had gone unfulfilled for more than three decades.

   Until now.

   “I mean, we’ve been talking about expanding for years,” said Brandon Public Library Director Christy Ross. “I’d say probably 30 years ago, we received a CD for the purpose of expanding and that CD’s just been sitting in the bank. Always the talk [has been about] expanding or somehow fixing our space issue.”

   However, with the recent purchase of the alleyway next to the library, space no longer will be a problem.

   Brandon Public Library will expand into the alley and will “be touching the building next door, and then we’re going to be building out back as far as that building, which is beyond ours,” Ross said.

   Read the full story, including possible designs for the library's expansion, in the Dec. 27, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.