Building Project

Why do we need a new library?

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  • Limited access for people with disabilities
  • Extremely inadequate space for patrons
  • No room for strollers, wheelchairs, and walkers
  • No room for families to visit together
  • Overcrowded shelves
  • Lack of space for new materials
  • No work space or privacy anywhere
  • No room for staff to process library materials and conduct administrative duties
  • Limited access for activities and events due to shared programming area
  • No work space for Santa Fe Trail students who are using school issued laptops

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What will the new library have?

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  • More books-print, large print, audio and electronic
  • Movies-DVD and digital formats
  • Adequate and accessible programming space
  • Quiet study and work space
  • Free public access computers and wireless internet
  • Technology resources and training
  • Community information center
  • Classes and programs, such as healthy eating, cooking, sewing, exercise, health fairs, and crafting.
  • A kitchen suitable for lifestyle enrichment programs
  • Activities and services for teens, adults, and retirees
  • Printer, copier and fax service
  • Readers’ advisory services
  • Research assistance
  • Book delivery

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How will we pay for the new library?

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We are conducting a fundraising campaign that includes seeking a Community Development Block Grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce and a grant from The Jones Trust, both of which will be dependent upon local contributions to match them. Individual pledges may be made over a five-year period and may be acknowledged or anonymous. Naming and recognition opportunities will be available, consistent with leadership giving. We will raise as much as possible before seeking public support for the balance.

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How I can help with the Raise the Roof Campaign?

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We are in the early stages of the fundraising campaign and welcome any and all volunteers and early supporters.

To find out how you can help, please contact:

  • Kandy Hinck, Steering Committee Co-Chairkjhinkc@sbcglobal.net, 785-213-3663
  • Traci Smith, Interim Library Directordirector@carbondalecitylibrary.org, 785-836-7638
  • Heather Garrison, Steering Committee Co-chairhhastings@usd434.us, 785-249-0837

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More About the Project

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Our library board has appointed 20 community members to a steering committee to lead our Capital Campaign.

  •   Your ideas and volunteer support are welcomed and appreciated.
  •  Contact the library to find out how you can help.

Building Project Case Statement – Final Draft

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