Eighteen months ago, our community began discussing a vision for “A Library to Serve All” – envisioning a new library building that serves people of all ages, all walks of life, and all abilities and all neighboring communities. Oct. 25, that vision became closer to a reality. FINAL-print-thermometer
On behalf of the Kimball Library Building Task Force and the fundraising team, we are pleased to announce that it has successfully raised: $430,701 dollars in cash and pledges, $78,240 in-kind to cover project costs for a local match of $560,602, that also includes $51,661 in city funds.
State grant submitted
After reaching its goal and before the Oct. 26 deadline. the City of Kimball submitted its library construction grant application for $1,121,204 to the Minnesota Department of Education requesting a library construction improvement grant state one-to-one match of $560,602. The improvement grant application describes and outlines the City of Kimball’s need for a new library, how a new library would benefit library users, staff and community, and how a new building would address access barriers and limitations and improve accessibility of library services.
We learned more but we did not stop
In addition to addressing accessibility and building limitation issues in a community library building project, the task force looked ahead and worked to identify other building project costs, including furniture and fixtures, landscaping and donor recognition installations. The project budget, which exceeds the original $800,000 figure announced to the community in July 2018, now encompasses these project costs as well as additional state requirements that emerged and were identified as conditions of receiving state monies, including following required state B3 Guidelines and constructing the building using the state-required prevailing wages. The local match of $560,602, which exceeded the original $400,000 goal, allows the community to plan for a comprehensive and realistic project if successful in being awarded the state grant. And while the project costs increased, so did our cash, pledges and in-kind donations that can be matched by the state grant. With the awarding of the state grant, your contribution will be doubled.
In true “the little community that could” fashion, you helped us far surpass our goal.
We needed you and in a true “the little community that could” fashion, you helped the community far surpass the $400,000 local match goal. This project would not be possible without each one of you, the community’s belief in the library and the financial support of more than 250 individuals, businesses and organizations (not to mention hundreds of people who attended fundraising events). To see the full list of donors and fundraising activities and events, go to www.kimball-library.org. Yes, gaining the reputation in the Stearns County area for “the little community that could,” we are hopeful the community will learn good news when the Minnesota Department of Education announces the grant awards in mid-December.
While the state reviews Kimball’s grant application, the Kimball Building Task Force will keep the community and donors updated, continue to meet to look beyond the grant award to an active building project and work with Rice Companies, the design/build company, to start the required B3 Guidelines online registration. The B3 Guidelines are required on all projects that receive general obligation bond funding from the State of Minnesota. Planning to receive state bond money, the Task Force has been advised to get the library project set up in the B3 Guidelines Tracking Tool. Our hope, if awarded the grant, is to prepare the building project to break ground in the spring of 2019.
Our deepest gratitude to all of you for believing in our deserving community and a library that serves all. Because of you, we are closer to a new library in the Kimball Public Library’s 50th anniversary year that is just around the corner at 50 Spruce Avenue. We look forward to learning good news from the State of Minnesota in mid-December and celebrating with the community in 2019. Please let us know if you have any questions. You can email
Members of the Kimball Library Building Task Force