The proposal by the Friends of the Duck Creek Regional Library group calls for an addition to the former Smyrna School District administration building on South Main Street, with 65-75 parking spaces in back for the library and downtown businesses.

The Friends of Duck Creek Regional Library are moving forward with plans for the construction of a new library in Smyrna.

The group includes residents of Smyrna along with other communities. The members have been working for over 10 years and “the light at the end of the tunnel is much brighter,” according to a press release from the Duck Creek Regional Library.

With Smyrna making major progress in downtown revitalization efforts, the new library will serve as the cornerstone of those efforts, according to the press release.

The group’s proposal calls for an addition to  the former Smyrna School District administration building on South Main Street, with 65-75 parking spaces in back for the library and downtown businesses.

The conceptual design of the building is nearing completion. Several focus sessions were held to help determine what the residents want in a new library and the design reflects the request of the community.

According to the Friends of the Duck Creek Regional Library, the Town of Smyrna will have to approve the closure of Federal Street which is a street on paper only, not an actual street, and then the parcels will be able to be combined and the completed design can be made available to the public.

The state, through the Division of Libraries and Bond Bill Committee, has awarded $4.4 million toward the construction of the library. The Friends group has held a fundraising campaign kickoff and has raised approximately $850,000. Additional efforts will be focused on grant submittals, contributions from the community and fundraising events.

Meeting Oct. 16

The Friends of the Duck Creek Regional Library meet the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., at Belmont Hall, 217 Smyrna Leipsic Road, just east of U.S. Route 13. The next meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 16.

The group welcomes new members to help make this library a reality.

For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page, Friends of Duck Creek Regional Library.