New Library Progress Update!

March 2018

Progress update
We are so excited to share the progress on our new Library! Diligent work with the Library Building Committee, the Town of Lyons, and our many funding partners is showing very tangible results. We are settled on a 7,000 sq.ft. footprint for the new building, which will be located on the NW corner of Railroad Avenue and 4th Street. (Current elements on that site, such as the long-term RTD parking lot, recycling dumpsters, and skatepark are scheduled for relocation).

The next step is the Plan Review. The Library District has entered the plan review process with the Town of Lyons Planning & Community Development Commission (PCDC). This is a detailed process of several months. Looking ahead, we hope to break ground in the second half of 2018. Look for more updates in the papers and here on the Library website

Humphries Poli Architects and General Contractor Fransen Pittman have done some great library designing and building work throughout Colorado. Go to their websites to view previous projects.

Interested in subcontracting?
We are in the early planning stages for a Local’s Job Fair sometime this spring. Those interested in subcontracting can contact Rich Everett of Fransen Pittman right away. Reach him directly at:, or give him a call at: 303-902-2515.

Latest Designs
Architect Dennis Humphries included the community’s most-requested amenities: meeting spaces, a separate children’s area, a teen area, a quiet reading room, business hub, outdoor spaces, and a multi-purpose community room for programs, events, and community gatherings of all types. The site will also accommodate multi-modal parking.

Below are the most current versions of the Site Plan and Conceptual Design Sketches as of February, 2018. We welcome your comments at:

Fundraising update
The Library District and the Library Foundation are working hard on fundraising projects and grant opportunities for the new building, and the Friends of the Library continue to be stalwart supporters of our programming and outreach events. We need only $415K more to reach our goal of $3.4 million (total project costs, including building, site development, furnishings, fittings, equipment, and inventory).

Campaign Progress

  • GOAL:              $3,400,000
  • RAISED:          $2,985,000
  • BALANCE:          $415,000

Major commitments as of 2/26/18

  • District revenue saved (Capital Fund): $500,000
  • DOLA (Department of Local Affairs): $500,000
  • Brett Family Foundation:  $25,000
  • Katechis Family: $500,000
  • Drew Biel & Lynn Gregory: $100,000
  • Sandy Banta & Lloyd Banta: $45,000
  • In memory of Kathy Ralston: $18,500
  • Pam Browning & Mark Browning: $10,000
  • Dr. Liz Erley & Brian Erley: $10,000

Donations update
Ready to make your tax-deductible donation now? The Foundation’s 501(c)3 tax ID number is: 46-2506771. Just click the yellow and blue PayPal button anywhere on the Library website for a safe and secure donation.

We have seven levels of Donor Recognition.

Naming rights and sponsorship opportunities.
Interested in tax-deductible naming and sponsorship opportunities? We have plenty! There is even a Challenge Grant to name the children’s room “The Apple Valley Children’s Room.” This challenge is open to all those who love Apple Valley and is already 2/3 funded! Additional opportunities are available for any individual, neighborhood, group, business, club, or family. For more information and to find out the latest status please call Foundation Treasurer Connie Eyster at 303-817-6137 or email her at

Below is the Naming Rights and Sponsorship status as of February 26, 2018: