Carbondale citizens begin to ‘raise the roof’ for new city library

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Steering committee members of the “Let’s Raise the Roof” capital campaign for a new city library in Carbondale have launched an initiative to raise a total of $250,000 in private funds to match funds for a community block grant. The group announced that as of April 11, $109,475 has been raised through donations, pledges, fundraising events, and other initiatives. Courtesy photo.

By Sue Anderson

CARBONDALE, Kan. – After years of hoping and planning, friends of the library in Carbondale are ready to launch a full scale campaign to literally “Raise the Roof” for a new, spacious library facility. An enthusiastic crowd of community citizens, including city government officials, library patrons and the campaign steering committee members and their families gathered April 11, 2017, to officially begin an extensive fund raising campaign to reach not only residents in the community, but also those that ever worked, lived or attended schools in Carbondale.

Kandy Hinck, chair of the “Let’s Raise the Roof” capital campaign, announced to those in attendance that a total of $109,474 has been raised toward the building project. The new 6,000 square foot library facility will be built on the northeast corner of the intersection at Third and Main streets, in downtown Carbondale.

The Carbondale City Council recently purchased land for the new library and the lot has been cleared, making it possible to begin building as soon as the remaining funds are raised.

“We are past the talking stage,” said Hinck. “Now we are taking action to make this a reality.”

A total of $250,000 in private contributions is needed in order to apply for a community development block grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce. Additional funds will come from other government grants, donations from private foundations, and low interest bonds.

In addition to asking for pledges, the steering committee will initiate a variety of fundraising activities and events in the coming months, and visit with individuals about how to become involved, both by making a financial pledge and also as a volunteer. Information packets with full details about the campaign are available at the current library.

“This is a project that will benefit the entire community,” said Hinck. “We are hopeful every resident will want to contribute to its success.”

She explained the private funding portion of the project allows contributors to make a lump sum pledge or spread out a pledge over a period of five years.

“Even small monthly pledges given over a five-year period will make a significant difference to help us reach our goal,” said Hinck.

Steering committee members for the Let’s Raise the Roof campaign are Sue Anderson, Katy Black, Tanner Black, Terri Boggs, Jerry Clements, Aimee Craig, Edye Freund, Heather Garrison, Mary Gleason, Jill Gustin, Kandy Hinck, Larry Hinck, Gretta Hug, Dr. Debra King, Mandi Lattimer, Sherry Rogers, Alice Smith, Traci Smith, Laura Ward and Doreen Weekley.


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