Selbyville library looks to move to the new age

Downtown Selbyville is charming — seemingly from another time period of Main Street, USA, with brick buildings and small businesses dotting the landscape. Nestled in the heart of the town, in a historic 5,600-square-foot house, sits the Selbyville Public Library.

But big changes could be coming down the road for the library, and, yes, it is a good thing.

Library officials believe they could be receiving $3.68 million from the General Assembly in next summer’s Fiscal Year 2020 bond bill. The Delaware Council on Libraries made a recommendation to the Secretary of State. The next step is to have that request heard by the Delaware Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in a Nov. 18 public hearing, and then next spring the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Capital Improvement (the bond committee) will discuss it. Katie McDonough, the administrative librarian for the Delaware Division of Libraries, expects it to go through without problems.

The next step in the process is to raise money. That state money would require a match, so the library will need to chip in another $3.68 million for new construction, plus another half-million for furnishings, fixtures and equipment.

The library is now in the process of hiring a professional fundraiser for the capital campaign. That person will be looking at private fundraising, grants and any other streams of money that will help.

Libraries are changing along with the times around us, and the Selbyville library will need our help in that transformation. We can do this as a community. There’s no doubt about it.