Library Board holds Open House at Sullivan Center July 31
The Board of Trustees of Rockford Public Library is considering an offer of a donation of the Sullivan Center (former New American Theater), 118 N. Main St., as an additional and highly functional site for library programming as well as an arts, culture and programming space for the community and is hosting an open house for the public from 6-8 p.m.,Tuesday, July 31. The event will begin with sample programming and tours of the building followed by a community forum led by Board President Paul Logli.
The approximately 30,000 sq. ft. building, which houses a 282-seat theater, black box theater, dance studios, and additional rehearsal/office space has undergone significant improvements since its current owner, Richard Nordlof, purchased the space. His wish is to donate the building to Rockford Public Library so that it may be used on a regular basis by both the library and partner organizations to present programs and events that enhance the educational, arts, and cultural offerings within the community.
While the building would be donated, the Library’s budget would support minor capital improvements and ongoing maintenance and staffing, which could be offset by rental fees, grants and sponsorships. The Board of Trustees believes this to be an exciting opportunity for RPL, and is offering the public the opportunity to learn more about how the building could be used.
“The Board of Trustees believes that the Library is a very natural steward for the Sullivan Center as a community resource,” said Frank Novak, executive director of Rockford Public Library. “Our commitment to excellence in programming, coupled with our numerous arts and culture partners, make RPL a good fit. However, the plan has to be aligned with community needs and financially sustainable as well.”
From the July 25-31, 2012, issue
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