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This feasibility study will test the capacity of the Searcy Public Library (SPL) to raise

$5,300,000 to renovate and furnish its new library facility. 


The Searcy Public Library is bursting at the seams and can no longer meet the demands for service. The population of Searcy as well as the number of items checked out from the library (books, movies, audio books) has more than doubled since 1966, when the current facility was constructed. Increased library traffic means that sometimes parking is unavailable for a would-be visitor. The library facility has no space for meeting rooms or study rooms, though the library is expected to offer this service.


In October 2020, the City of Searcy was presented with a unique opportunity to purchase the Searcy Athletic Club to repurpose as the new Searcy headquarters library at a price of $1.7 million, approximately half its appraised value. With the White County Public Library System’s help with half of the $1.7 million purchase price, the City of Searcy moved forward with the purchase. At the same time, the White County Quorum Court stepped up to support the project with their appropriation of $500,000 toward the renovation cost.


The Searcy Library Board recognized the need for a larger facility nearly 30 years ago and have pursued multiple alternatives for a new location since then but none ever came to fruition. In April of 2015, the Searcy Library Board requested and was granted the use of a piece of City property as the site for a new facility. A Needs Assessment and Building Program were completed. In December of 2016, SAPP Design was chosen as an architect to design a new library facility for Searcy and in May 2017, the City of Searcy held a special election to request a 3-mill property tax

for City of Searcy residents to fund the $13 million project. Voters turned down the request (68% against - 32% for). Reasons for voting no were 1) project was too expensive, 2) they did not want a property tax, and 3) some believed it should be a county, not just a City tax. A failed election did not eliminate the need for more space and many of those who voted against the project agreed that Searcy needed a new larger facility - they just did not approve the plan or the cost.


What has been your association with the Searcy Public Library (SPL)? Check all that apply.
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How long have you had this association?
Please evaluate your overall experience with the Searcy Public Library (SPL)?
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What SPL services have you or your family used in the past 18 months? Check all that apply.
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Comments:
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How familiar are you with the 2015 SPL Needs Assessment and its vision for a new community library facility?
What is your primary source for news about the library and its outreach programs?
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Awareness

What suggestion would you like to make to the SPL to improve information flow and communications with its patrons and the broader Searcy community about its renovation plans?
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How would you assess the SPL’s image among Searcy/White County residents?
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Does the SPL staff and leadership provide ample insight and community engagement to devise an appropriate plan of programs and services to meet evolving Searcy/White County Internet access, entertainment and information needs?
Are the Library Boards providing the necessary leadership to create a $5.3 million renovation fund?
Why did you select that rating?
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How would you rate the SPL’s community reputation today?
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Capacity

The SPL is considering a campaign to renovate its new community library facility. It set a goal of $5,300,000 to raise over a two (2) to three (3) year pledge period. Which amount range do you believe the SPL can raise?
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On a scale of one to ten (one being Very Unachievable and ten being Very Achievable) please rank the potential for meeting the campaign dollar goal you selected, in Q12, over a three (3) year to five (5) year pledge payment period. (Please select one.)
Very Unachievable
Very Achievable
Why did you select that potential rating?
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What is the largest gift that you think can be successfully solicited for the proposed renovation campaign?
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Why did you select that gift maximum?
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In your opinion, how receptive will the Searcy/White County community be to the proposed renovation campaign?
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Giving

How does the proposed campaign relate to your own philanthropic priorities?
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Which pledge payment period would you prefer a two-year or a three-year?
What would be your estimated range of financial support for the proposed campaign? (Your response is confidential. Terrapin will protect it.)
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Is there an individual that you believe would be a prospect for a lead gift or pledge to this proposed $5,300,000 campaign?
If Yes, please share that name and contact information.
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Is there a company or foundation that you believe would be a prospect for a gift or pledge to this campaign?
If Yes, please share that name and contact information.
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Campaign Leadership

What person would you identify as the most creditable and effective volunteer chair for this proposed comprehensive fundraising campaign?
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If asked, would you serve as a volunteer for this campaign?
Please share your perception of the SPL’s two strengths and two weaknesses.
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In order to raise $5,300,000, it is estimated that 6-8 lead gifts totaling $4,200,000 or more paid over the pledge period will be needed. Do you think such gifts are available to the SPL for the proposed campaign?
Who might SPL consider as lead givers?
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Have you heard of any rumors or facts that might hinder the success of this SPL campaign?
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What recommendations would you like to share with the SPL leadership, as they prepare for this proposed comprehensive fundraising campaign?
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How important is a state-of-the-art destination community library facility to future Searcy/White County community growth and economic development? Check one.
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The 2015 Needs Assessment identified six Service Priorities. Please rank these priorities. A “1” rating represents your top priority and “6” rating represents your least priority.

The architect’s plans call for service areas in the new community facility. Please rank  your top three library service areas in order (1=top, 2=second, and 3=third) that you or your family would routinely use and might support with a gift.


  • Adult’s Collection
  • Coffee shop and coffee shop drive thru
  • Children’s Collection
  • Children’s Program Room
  • Public Computer Area
  • Fax, Copy, and Scan Area
  • Drive thru for Library Material Pickup
  • Small Business and Career Center
  • U.S. Passport Application space
  • Public meeting rooms
  • Study Rooms
  • Teen’s Collection
  • Teen Media and Program Room
  • Recording Studio
  • Art Exhibit Space
  • WCPL Friends Book Store


Your 1st choice
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Your 2nd choice
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Your 3rd choice
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Rank the four primary library service areas according to their importance to you and your family. Rank from one (1) as your highest importance through four (4) for your least importance.

Demographics

What is your sex?
What is your age group?
Your Name
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Your Email
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Your Phone Number
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Office Use Only

Notes
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Recap
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