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Kathy Achtenberg, MEDC
(517) 335-4590

Megan Buck
Director - Dickinson County Library
(906) 774-1218

Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for 'Reimagine the Dickinson County Library' Project in Iron Mountain

$20,000 goal to win matching grant through MEDC's Public Spaces Community Places initiative

LANSING, Mich. – Iron Mountain’s public library will undergo a massive redesign with the help of a new crowdfunding campaign, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Dickinson County Library announced today. The campaign is being offered through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $20,000 by December 31, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details and to donate, please visit:

“Libraries historically have been the public meeting spaces of our cities, towns, and villages,” said MEDC Senior Vice President of Community Development Katharine Czarnecki. “However, many of these institutions need to update their services and spaces to keep up with public demand. This project will do just that and ensure the Dickinson County Library is a well-used space for future generations. We are pleased to provide resources for and serve as a partner in this effort.”

Funding raised during this campaign will reimagine the library and its core gathering spaces to be welcoming, accessible, and better organized. The entire space will be made fully accessible, with designated spaces for various activities and uses. The renovation includes updating access to the handicap restrooms, installing multi-level and enhanced lighting within the reading room, new comfortable and modern seating options, the integration of the fiction collection for easier browsing, relocation of the large print collection for greater accessibility, an addition of another community meeting room space, and adding more accessible staff stations. 

“The plans to ‘Reimagine the Dickinson County Library in Iron Mountain’ include something for everyone in our community. I am excited to share our MEDC Public Spaces Community Places grant campaign with our community to encourage their support of our project,” said Megan Buck, director of the Dickinson County Library. “The donations we collect and the matching MEDC grant funds we hope to achieve will allow us to create the new spaces in this redesign, which are more accessible, user friendly, and will result in a fresh flexible space our patrons can use with greater purpose. The budget boost of approximately 20 percent that will be achieved if we meet our $20,000 donation goal to earn the MEDC match will have an amazing impact on our ability to transform our building into a modern and well utilized space.”

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity, in which local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from MEDC. Communities, nonprofits and other business entities can apply at

“The educational and cultural enrichment opportunities in a community library are immeasurable, but only if people are able to take advantage of them,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the Michigan Municipal League. “The redesign of the Dickinson County Library will make that not only possible but enjoyable.”

The Public Spaces Community Places initiative started in 2014 with MEDC providing matched funding of up to $50,000 for community improvement projects throughout Michigan. As of October 31, 2017, MEDC has provided $4,117,333 in matching grants. Since the launch of the program, 143 projects have been successful in reaching their goal, with nearly $5 million raised from 25,980 individual donors.

About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
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