The Watertown Public Library Campaign Leadership Committee is proud to announce that Ixonia Bank will pledge to donate $10,000 to the Key to Opportunity Watertown Library Renovation and Expansion project. The bank will have the naming rights to the Adult Services Desk on the 2nd Floor of the Library.

“Ixonia Bank is committed to supporting the community of Watertown and its Downtown revitalization efforts,” said Dan Westrope, Chairman & CEO of Ixonia Bank. “Libraries make a strong contribution to the fabric of our communities, and enrich the lives of all who experience their resources and programs.”

“We are so thankful for Ixonia Bank’s generous donation and to see local businesses support our renovation and expansion project which will provide expanded opportunities for people of all ages in our community,” said Watertown Library Director, Peg Checkai.

The budget for the new library is $10 million. $4.38 million of that has been promised by the city (via a June 2018 resolution) as long as the library can secure at least $2.92 million of pledges and collect at least half of that by the end of 2019. Through the generosity of the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation, this is committed. The current budget includes an additional $500,000 of in-kind parking lot development from the city. Funding to cover parking is under discussion. The Key to Opportunity community fundraising campaign has a goal of $5.0 million with $2,500,000 (50%) to come from local and regional foundations; this is fully committed. The additional $2,500,000 (50%) will come from people and businesses in Watertown; to date more than $2,000,000 has been raised. A total of nearly $9,700,000 has been secured for the new Library Center to date.

The public can support the library project by participating in the Paver Program. Information can be found at the library and area businesses. Three options are available for purchase for $100, $250 and $1000. Every paver gift will be matched, dollar for dollar, by both the Watertown Community Foundation and the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation, therefore every dollar given will be matched with an additional $2.00.

About the Watertown Public Library

The Watertown Public Library is a pillar in the community, dedicated to providing quality reading materials, digital media, programs and services to community members of all ages. The Watertown Public Library serves as a ‘university of the people’ and will continue to evolve and grow as the community demands, always providing excellent customer service to its patrons. The new Watertown

Library Center will offer the key to opportunity with a modern, bright building design and programs and services that will engage, educate and enlighten the community.

The Watertown Public Library is proud to partner with the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation to provide a TalkReadPlay Center to teach parents the science behind brain development and empower them to create more learning opportunities with their children to be their child’s first teacher. The Center will serve Watertown’s children and families, and be a regional and statewide model.

About Ixonia Bank

For 100 years, Ixonia Bank has been offering a full suite of business banking products and an array of financial services including personal checking, savings, loans, and wealth management services. Ixonia Bank was established in 1918 in Ixonia, Wisconsin; since then the Bank has grown to offer services at six locations throughout Waukesha and Jefferson Counties. To learn more about Ixonia Bank, please visit the Bank’s website at