When McMillan opened in 1970, the Adult Room was a hub of activity. The card catalog and reference collection were there, as was an LP vinyl listening station. Students used the Reader's Guide to find magazine articles for homework. The building was designed around those services.
Fifty years later, this large space needs to be repurposed to meet new community needs and the Fine Arts Center (theater) requires new seating and other updates. This is our Learning Futures project, since it will reshape a major part the building to meet the current and future needs of the community. The estimated costs for renovating 15,000 square foot is two million dollars.
In February 2020, the Legacy Foundation of Central Wisconsin awarded McMillan a one million dollar matching grant. When fully matched, it will cover the costs of the project. Thanks to funding from the City of Wisconsin Rapids, a commitment from the Library Endowment, a grant from the Bell Family Charitable Trust and other donors, we have already raised over $314,000.
We are accepting donations online or via a paper form, but larger donations should contact our Business Office at 715-422-5129 so we can supply tax documentation. We have a list of naming rights and recognition levels.
What does the project cover?
- Moving the Makerspace from its cramped quarters on our lower level to a larger space just off the Upper Lobby.
- Renovating the Fine Arts Center.
- Adding a medium sized meeting / training room (10-25 people).
- Creating two group study / work rooms (3-5 people) and three small study / tutorial rooms (1-2 people).
- Designating a quiet study area.
- Updating the skylight by removing the wood latticework.
- Replacing the 25 year old carpet, repairing the damaged skylight, updating the HVAC and refinishing the walls.