For a little over a year now, I have been fighting for a library in Ada. Many other residents have been on the side of a library of our own for much longer, including residents like Corky Paul who has also spoken out at board meetings. I commend the Ada Township Board for listening to us, for investigating, for exploring, for researching, for asking questions. I am also eternally grateful to Ada's Downtown Development Authority and their leader, Bob Kullgren for meeting with me and with leaders of the Kent District Library.
Ada township has been wisely cautious in this time of rebirth in our village. The township has long posted conceptual drawings of many possible visions of the new Ada. The image above is "Concept C." My heart belongs to this particular concept drawing, but specifically to D) 2 STORY COMMUNITY BUILDING (9,500 SF). It hasn't been printed on Ada's website. You won't find the board on record naming building D, but that, I sincerely hope, is our library.
The most recent step that the Ada Township Board has taken is to hire a consultant to determine if raising funds for this building through private donors is possible. The fantastic news is that it is possible. For simple families in Ada like mine, that is incredible news. Ada residents already pay taxes to Kent District Library who have agreed to staff the building and provide a library collection. Extremely generous residents have expressed their willingness to provide a building. After doing our homework on a library in our village, Ada has an answer. That answer is YES!
It is time to begin the next step towards this goal. Officials need to hire a firm to coordinate these large donors and begin organizing our community leaders in creating a library that will reflect Ada township's needs. Please continue to support a library and support your Ada Township Board and Downtown Development Authority as they carefully choose their next step.