As you may have noticed, construction on the new library building started earlier this month. It is very exciting to see this project take shape after being involved in the very early planning stages, knowing how much work has been put in by so many people in our community. This building will serve so many folks, and allow the library to stock more materials than the current building allows. We are thankful for the community that has stood behind the library and have stepped up to make this new building a possibility.
With the new building, the Friends of the Library is looking for new volunteers to help continue our mission of supporting our local library. Some of our regular events have had to be cancelled or postponed because of the pandemic, but we will soon be meeting again and would love to see more smiling faces.
In 2016, the Friends group was on the brink of disbanding because of a lack of funding and volunteers. A final plea to the community was sent out, and a special meeting was held to inform what would occur next if the community did nothing. We were able to renew support and a new leadership team took over. Erin Gutwasser and Amanda Loewen agreed to co-chair, with Jennifer Schiefelbein staying on as treasurer. The roles have changed since then, and currently serving as our board are: Megan Kiffmeyer, president; Erin Gutwasser, secretary; Amanda Loewen, treasurer. We have also had active support for the past four years from members Dorothy Kersten, Jo Loewen, and Mary Knaus. This team has been nothing short of amazing, and they truly love our local library.
As a result of renewed interest, our organization has brought awareness to the community of the potential to lose our library because of multiple non-compliance issues of having the branch in our historical city hall. We teamed with concerned citizens including Mayor Tammy Konz, to spearhead a movement to save our library. The goal of simply saving our library morphed into a new construction project, something we see as a bright future for literacy in our community. We have also hosted multiple fundraisers, providing funding for not only the library building project but for numerous programs and prizes for programs, as well as participating in community events, and more.
It is time for the current board to step down. Without new leadership, a disbanding of the Friends of the Library is a definite possibility. Please contact one of our board members, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about how you can help the Friends continue their support of the Kimball library.
Kimball Area Friends of the Library
Megan Kiffmeyer, President
Erin Gutwasser, Secretary