Ainsworth, Nebraska, Aug 19, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development Area Specialist Roberta Mues joined the City of Ainsworth today for a groundbreaking to celebrate the beginning of the Ainsworth Public Library addition.
“Libraries are an essential facility for communities as they enrich the lives of many. It is important that we do what we can to preserve libraries’ functionality. Rural Development is proud to be a partner in this great asset,” said Mues.
“The City of Ainsworth would like to thank USDA Rural Development and the Peter Kiewit Foundation for their generous contributions to the Ainsworth Library expansion project. Also, thank you to the organizations in our community that have held fundraisers to make the project a success. We look forward to utilizing the expanded facility in early 2012,” said Mayor Russ Moody, City of Ainsworth.
USDA Rural Development is providing a $68,700 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant to construct a 26 X 46 square foot addition to the existing library. The library serves Ainsworth and Brown county residents including Long Pine and Johnstown who lack libraries. The existing library structure currently does not meet the space requirements for the existing uses and with increasing technology needs, the call for additional computers will create a long-term space issue. The Library Board, Library Foundation, and the City have planned the addition to address both the short-term and long-term space needs of the library. The addition will house books, periodicals, computers and other library equipment, while providing space for residents to conduct research, hold meetings and review the library’s collection of materials.
Other partners include the Peter Kiewit Foundation with a $50,000 grant and generous donors from the community.
USDA Rural Development funding was made possible through the Community Facility Grant program. For more information contact Roberta Mues at (308) 237-3118 ext. 1128 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/ne.