In about a month’s time, if all goes according to plan, residents here will get to take their first official peek at the town’s newest asset: a library.

Jackson’s library, interestingly enough, owes its beginning to another educational institution’s end. When the old Mount View complex in Thorndike was demolished last year, a number of modular classrooms that surrounded the building were offered to the municipalities within SAD 3.

Two of the buildings were given to Jackson, and the town elected to sell one of them. Using the proceeds from that sale, the remaining building was moved into place behind the Town Office complex on Route 7.

Selectwoman Cindy Ludden said people began to consider what would be a good use for the building and to ask, “What does our town need? What makes a community grow?” The answer many people came up with, it turns out, was a library. When a public meeting was held to vote on the subject, Ludden said there was “nearly unanimous” support for the idea of the library.

Some other library committee members noted that one or two folks at that meeting found the idea of a library to be a bit “frivolous,” but there was enough support for the project to move forward.

The town spent $2,000 on gravel in order to get the building properly placed, Ludden said, but other than that all the material and labor has either been provided by volunteers or paid for by grant money.

In particular, the Maine Community Foundation has provided considerable support to the project. In September, the foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to the town for the library project, specifically to take care of infrastructure needs such as heating and electricity.

Grant money from the foundation has also allowed the library to purchase computers, and more recently, another $3,000 was awarded from the foundation for the purpose of installing a handicapped ramp at the building.

Ludden was very direct in describing how much the grants from the Maine Community Foundation had meant to the library project.

“We wouldn’t have what we have now without those grants,” she said. “We wouldn’t have had it.”

Other groups and individuals have made contributions, too. Ludden said more than 600 hours of volunteer labor had been logged on the project to date, by people in Jackson and surrounding communities, as well as by inmates who participate in community service projects around the county.

“Those guys have just been a blessing,” said Ludden of the inmates.

Books have come in from all over — libraries in Searsmont and Searsport have contributed, as have the Belfast Free Library and the Dorothy W. Quimby Library at Unity College. Individuals have given many books, too, as have members and friends of the Temple of the Feminine Divine in Bangor and customers and friends of County Copy in Belfast. The Belfast Co-op donated books that were left over after its book sale last year.

The first books were donated in June and July of 2009, and Ludden said it was quite something to see the building go from being filled with mounds and mounds of books to having them all on shelves. Some of the shelves were built by volunteers, while many of the other furnishings, such as tables and chairs, came from the library at the old Mount View complex.

The Fertile Mind Bookstore in Belfast also made a number of donations. Jackson resident Louise Shorette said she had approached the store owners when she heard the business would be closing, and that they donated $1,500 worth of books and shelving, as well as a children’s mural that their daughter had painted.

So far, the library has quite a variety of books to offer — everything from big print to biography, classics to cooking, and health to history. A large room is split into two sections — lots of paperbacks for older readers on one side, and a children’s section on the other.

There are plans in the works to have programs for children, as well as others to show senior citizens how to incorporate computers into their lives. Ludden said the town is in discussions with FairPoint communications about getting free Internet service at the library.

“I would like to see this turn into Jackson’s coffeehouse,” said Ludden. “A place where locals can come and hang out if they want.”

The committee of people who have been involved in the library project so far hope to have a grand opening — a “big reveal,” as one of them termed it — around the first of May, hopefully with an ice cream social and possibly some live entertainment.

“Can we break a bottle of champagne against the side of the building?” joked Lisa Cooley at a recent meeting of the library committee.

Along with the library, the town’s historical society is also getting ready to launch. Ludden said that group is looking for any information related to Jackson’s history, and that it doesn’t necessarily need to have original materials and would be happy to have photocopied materials.

If people have any books or other materials to donate to the library or historical society, they can drop them off at the Town Office when it is open, or at the transfer station on Sunday.

The building that houses the library and historical society bears the official name of “Jackson Learning Center & Historical Society,” although people agreed that most everyone would probably just call it the library. Whatever name people use, Ludden said, it’s a great thing for the town.

“We’re pretty proud,” she said. “The community has really stepped up.”

Several of the members of the library committee credited Ludden with making the idea a reality, citing her as the driving force behind the project. Although she acknowledged “spearheading” the work, Ludden characterized the project as a group effort that overcame those people who didn’t think it could happen.

“We fought the naysayers and won,” she said with a smile.