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Renew Somerset Library Campaign to hold launch event March 22

The Mroz twins (Elsa and Ellianna, pictured) opted out of birthday presents this year and asked guests to contribute to their 'favorite' charity...the Somerset Public Library. Basil the Reading Bear is holding $40 designated for the expansion project. Photo courtesy of the Somerset Public Library

The $2.5 million capital campaign to triple the size of the Somerset Public Library — coined the Renew Somerset Library Campaign — will host a free launch event 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at the St. Croix National Golf and Event Center, with area businesses featuring "A Taste of Somerset."

Attendees will enjoy appetizers and beverages compliments of area sponsors, learn about the building expansion plans, find out what has been raised to date and receive an invitation on how to help if they wish.

Somerset native Bryan Witzmann, left guard for the Kansas City Chiefs offensive line, will speak at the event along with other library and community representatives. A brief program will begin at 7 p.m. culminating with a special surprise.

"We are thankful for the initial outpouring of generosity we have received and very excited to share our great start. This campaign is part of a much bigger vision for Somerset downtown and our entire community," said steering committee co-chair Rita Lawson. "We would like everyone to hear about the exciting plans to renovate and expand the library to meet the needs and interests of all ages for many years to come."

Committees of more than 50 volunteers and the Board of Trustees have been setting a foundation for the campaign since last fall. The goal is to raise the campaign goal by the summer, complete a request for proposal process by the end of the year and break ground in spring of 2019. All contributions to Renew Somerset Library Campaign are tax deductible. Pledges may be paid over multiple years, up to three years.

For more information on the campaign and the launch event, visit Those who wish to attend must make a reservation on the library website through the SignUp Genius link. The deadline to register for the event is March 8. Campaign leaders suggest registering early to ensure a seat as space is limited.

For more information, to sign up if you do not have access to a computer or to volunteer to assist the campaign, call campaign assistant Meg Tryba, 715-220-6657.