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Dear Bayfield Library Friends and Patrons,

Our historic Carnegie library is a community legacy that enriches our lives in so many ways—both for year-round residents and for the many seasonal patrons who live here. Our mission is to be “a compass for curious minds”, providing books, DVDs, magazines, newspapers and Wi-Fi in an inclusive atmosphere. The library’s diverse programs strive to educate, entertain, and inspire people of all ages.

The Bayfield Carnegie Library, built in 1904, is in need of major repairs including restoration and strengthening of our pillars, recovery of three chimneys, tuck-pointing of the brick, and improvement to the front steps. Estimated expenses for the pillars and other library repairs has a professional estimated project budget of $203,000.

We are seeking funding support from the Bremer Foundation and other organizations. Our goal is to raise an additional $80,000. We have been actively fundraising for the Bayfield Carnegie Library pillar restoration for some time. To date, we have received $38,000 in donations for this project. This includes $15,000 in contribution from the City of Bayfield General Fund, and generous gifts from the library community of patrons and friends.

We continue to search for other sources of revenue and would appreciate any contacts you may be able to provide in support of this project. The work will be done by experienced restoration contractors with oversight from the City of Bayfield and your Bayfield Carnegie Library Board.

We sincerely ask for your monetary support at a level that works for you and your family. Please support our efforts to grow our Pillar Fund.
— Blair Nelson, Director, Bayfield Carnegie Library & the Bayfield Carnegie Library Board

March 2019: To date, we have raised over $53,000 for the BCL Pillar and Restoration Project. The total project cost for the pillars and other repairs—chimney, tuck pointing, painting, and retaining wall—is $203,000. We are also looking at other grant funder possibilities. Thanks to all who have supported this big campaign so far!

May 17, 2019: We are embarking on the next push for the BCL Pillar and Restoration Project. So far we have raised over $62,000 of the needed $225,000 for the entire project. The $80,000 Bremer Foundation grant is contingent upon us raising the remaining funds by Feb. 22, 2020. Two other grants we’ve applied for are pending. Any contributions will help us reach out goal! Thank you again to everyone who’s donated to this campaign.


Please mail your donation to:
Bayfield City Hall/City of Bayfield BCL Pillar and Restoration Project
PO Box 1170
Bayfield, WI 54814