News Release
Release No.STELPRD4015097
ContactJanice Stopak402-423-9683 ext. 121
Vicki Schurman402-437-5563
Auburn, Nebraska, Mar 13, 2012 --

@@USDA Rural Development celebrated with the City of Auburn on March 8, 2012. The ground breaking ceremony commemorated the beginning of the Auburn Memorial Library’s expansion. The library serves 3,350 rural residents.

USDA Rural Development provided a loan of $100,000 and a grant of $56,590 to the Auburn Memorial Library Foundation, Inc. for the library expansion project. Leveraged funds of $265,590 from the Foundation and $75,000 from the Peter Kiewit Foundation completed the needed project funding.

“This is a very exciting time. The Library staff, Board, and Foundation would like to thank everyone for their continued support,” said President Mary Ann Cheney, The Auburn Memorial Library Foundation, Inc.

The Auburn Memorial Library is adding 1,340 square feet due to the increased use of the library. The expansion includes adding a youth services collection and reading area. The relocation of youth services will allow for expansion of the adult collection and/or the possibility of additional technology in the area and a new Director’s office. The existing office will be converted into a workroom. Equipment will also be purchased with the funds. Mechanical and electrical systems will be upgraded in the new mechanical/electrical room.

“A library is an intricate part of a community. We take great pride in being able to help Auburn with their library expansion so they can meet the needs of the community,” said Area Specialist Janice Stopak, USDA Rural Development.


Funding is provided through the USDA Rural Development Community Facility Loan and Grant program. The loan terms are 40 years at 4.25 percent rate of interest. For more information contact Janice Stopak (402) 423-9683 ext. 121 or