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Creston Library Board names new library

Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 1:56 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 4:17 p.m. CDT

Creston Library Board voted unanimously Monday evening on a name for the new library at Lincoln School. The name — Creston Area Library and Cultural Center — will now move to Creston City Council for approval.

At this time, it's unknown exactly when the council will discuss and possibly approve the new name.

The reason the name of the new library needed to be "firmed up" now was because Mandy Kolesik of Marketing Kinetics — marketing consultant hired by the board in mid-February — has begun seeking grants and corporate funding for the new $1.8 million library.

"It's hard to garner funds without a name," Kolesik said.

The current public library on Howard Street in Creston is named Matilda J. Gibson Memorial Library. The Gibson name will not carry over to the new library, however.

Kolesik informed the board the Gibson family wants nothing to do with the new library.

"We know from conversations (we've had), they don't want to support the new library," Kolesik said. "So, it doesn't make sense to carry that name moving forward."

Kolesik suggested the board add "and Culture Center" to the name of the new library because the word library has a connotation of a book repository.

"The new library will be much more than just a book repository," Kolesik said.

Melvin Scadden of Creston — in attendance at the meeting — asked the board why they would select a name for the new library when the move from the current library to Lincoln has never been approved by Creston City Council.

"What happens if you raise all this money and the council votes not to make the move?" Scadden said.

Randy White, ward 1 city councilman, said he doesn't expect that to happen.

"If they raise the funds to move the library (to Lincoln)," White said, "and renovate it so we have a better library for this community without ever using any taxpayer money — I don't see why anyone wouldn't allow that."

The new library at Lincoln School is estimated to cost $1.8 million.

That $1.8 million raised will go toward renovating the old 17,000 square foot Lincoln 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.

To date, about $285,000 has been raised for the new library. Meanwhile, the sale of a donated Omaha house for $95,000 is expected to be completed soon, which would push the total amount raised close to $400,000.

The library board is expected to hold a public forum to provide and gather information later this summer or fall. A fundraising kickoff is slated for September and groundbreaking in 2015.

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