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Board approves needs list for new library

Published: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 1:10 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 1:12 p.m. CDT

Monday, Creston Library Board approved a list of top five priorities needed if the city’s library were to move to Lincoln School.

Those needs included increasing literacy and test scores in Creston, attractive highly-functional meeting space, multi-generation learning environment, culture and access to the arts and tutoring, mentoring and study space.

These needs were derived from six hours worth of board discussion during work sessions May 19-20. The board will use these needs as a basis for seeking grant/corporation funding and developing space and programming at Lincoln library.

Also in the work sessions, Mandy Kolesik of Marketing Kinetics — marketing consultant hired by the board in mid-February to guide the board in their fundraising efforts — identified 16 foundations or corporations that are a “good match” to contribute money for the new library at Lincoln School.

“I have every confidence as an experienced fundraiser that more than a million dollars for this (Lincoln library) project will come from organizations outside of Creston,” Kolesik said Monday. “We are not talking about raising (city) taxes for this project or bonding. We are only talking about (using) local fundraising and outside of Creston fundraising. And, at no point in time has there been any thought of incurring of debt for this process.”

To date, $406,651 has been raised for the Lincoln library project. That includes the recent $5,000 donation from Schildberg Construction Company of Grand River. Meanwhile, the sell of a donated Omaha house for $95,000 is expected to be completed soon, which would push the total amount raised to more than a half million.

That said, the Lincoln library project is estimated to cost $1.8 million.

Ann Coulter, library board president, said the $1.8 million raised will go toward renovating the old 17,000 square foot school building to include space for a library, cultural center, social networking areas, technology training centers, conference and community rooms, children area, teen zones, quiet study and group study area.

Coulter added the library board and friends will be visible during the Creston Fourth of July celebration next month and have information available to the public.

As well, Coulter said the library board will hold a public forum to provide and gather information sometime after the Fourth of July. A date for that public forum has not been determined yet.

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