The Porch Project

Our Progress & Goals

Update: November 2019

The Daphne Public Library is proud to announce the completion of the Porch and the upcoming Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in the Library rotunda at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 19, 2019.  The concerted efforts of the City of Daphne, the Friends of the Daphne Library, the Daphne Library Foundation, and the citizens and businesses of Daphne made the Porch Project become a reality!  We look forward to sharing this facility with the public.

The Daphne Public Library is more than just books. We are a full-service community learning center dedicated to informing, educating and enriching the lives of Daphne citizens. We not only provide our community with books, magazines, newspaper, databases, free programs and classes, but we also provide free spaces for study groups & local organizations. As traffic in the library has increased, we have become aware of the need for additional meeting & study spaces. The library also strives to provide cutting edge technology for students of all ages.
Over 274,000 patrons visited the Daphne Public Library in 2015 & that number increased to well over 300,000 in 2016.  The library circulated over 370,000 items and provided meeting & study space for over 6,100 citizens.  As well, over 13,000 library patrons attended the 326 free programs offered by our staff.
Our two current spaces, with a combined capacity of 67, are no longer enough to serve those meeting with tutors, study groups, training workshops, non-profit and community organizations. To meet these needs, the library is working toward enclosing the north patio area to provide three additional spaces. The project, called "The Porch," will be a multipurpose area with moveable dividers that will allow the space to be used as one larger or three smaller rooms. Equipped with state-of-the-art interactive technology and built with bricks from past & current fundraising projects, the space will encompass community investment in our efforts to provide the very best services.

The Daphne Library Foundation & the Friends of the Daphne Library have contributed one-third of the funds needed to reach the total funds required to complete the project. The City of Daphne has approved another one-third of the needed funds.  The Foundation's current public fundraising program is working to raise the final one-third of the funds from grants, corporate sponsors and public donations. Please help us make this a truly private/public cooperative project so we can reach our goal! The Foundation hopes to have funds in place so construction can begin before the end of 2017.

Many THANKS to our local businesses & organizations for supporting the Porch Project:

Baldwin Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
Baldwin County Training School, Class of 1967
Dr. Barry L. Booth, DMD, PC
Bay Images
Book Buddies
Bryant Bank
Coldwell Banker
Daphne City Council
Daphne Seniors Club
Davis & Fields, PC
Down & Dirty Garden Club
Duvalle Charitable Foundation
Eagle Creek HOA
Eastern Shore Eye Care
Eastern Shore Quilt Guild
Jim Goleman State Farm
J H Wright & Associates
League of Women Voters
Regions Bank
Stone Granade & Crosby
Terry Thompson Chevrolet
The Mell Group
The Property Shop
The Porch Project Poster