Library board holding visionary work sessions

Creston Library Board and Mandy Kolesik of Marketing Kinetics have scheduled work sessions for May 19-20.

Kolesik said the sessions will last about three hours each evening whereby the board will “dig in” and develop a vision for transforming Lincoln School into the city’s new library.

“We will be focusing on the needs of the Creston community and how we can meet those needs with improvements at Lincoln School,” said Ann Coulter, library board president.

In preparation for the sessions, Kolesik said she will provide the board with a list of the top 11 foundations or corporations that may contribute money for the new library at Lincoln School.

The estimated cost for a new library at Lincoln School is $1.8 million. Project details include moving the library from its current location on West Howard Street to the 17,000-square-foot Lincoln School building on West Jefferson Street.

However, the board has only raised $400,000 for the project in four years.

Kolesik said she will also be providing the board with detailed information about what other communities the size of Creston are offering their patrons.

Coulter also reported Creston: Arts Council has shown interest in having space in the lower level of Lincoln School, if the project comes to fruition.

In other Creston Library Board news:

• In December, a house was donated to Creston Library Board to be used toward raising funds for a new city library at Lincoln School. The house — donated by Edwin and the late Virginia (Stamper) Van Surksum — is located in west Omaha.

In February, the board agreed to list the the ranch home with a one-car garage at $120,000. Coulter said Monday she received an offer of $75,000 for the house. Coulter counter offered, but hasn’t received any correspondence from the possible buyer yet.