Cascade Library Refresh Project

Did you know the KDL – Cascade Township Branch and the Township have partnered to provide library and recreational services in the current location for more than 25 years?

As the library celebrates this quarter-century milestone, it recognizes updates are needed to ensure it can continue to serve the community’s needs today and well into the future. A 2018 needs inventory showed the following:
  • Inadequate and outdated lighting
  • Damage to external doors
  • Worn carpeting, paint and wall coverings
  • Roof damage
  • Outdated and worn furnishings
KDL connected with patrons through an idea board to offer suggestions on needed updates. Ideas included everything from a taco bar to expanded indoor and outdoor spaces, as well as additional seating, expanded new release displays, a fireplace, more natural light and keeping the cozy feel.
These needs were provided to local firm Progressive AE to create an initial updated design proposal, including:
  • Upgrading the lighting system and doors.
  • Relocating the children’s area to the opposite side of the library so it’s closer to the fish tank.
  • Removing two interior walls to create more space for toddler, preschool and school-age activities.
  • Modifying the current shelving height to allow for more natural light and improved access.
  • Slightly increasing the size of the staff workroom and breakroom to accommodate increased staff numbers.
  • Slightly increasing the book sale area.
  • Relocating the service desk for improved sightlines.
  • Upgrading bathrooms and increasing accessibility.
Funding for this project would come from the Township’s current millage funding. If the Township Board approves the plan, the next step is to secure an architectural firm.

 PDF Icon Library Refresh Master Plan
 PDF Icon Library Refresh Plan by Areas
 PDF Icon Library Refresh Cost Estimate