News Release
Release No.STELPRD4015716
ContactVicki Schurman402-437-5563
(APRIL 11, 2012) OPEN HOUSE HELD FOR AINSWORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY
Ainsworth, Nebraska, Apr 11, 2012 --

@@USDA Rural Development joined the City of Ainsworth today at an open house to celebrate the completion of the Ainsworth Public Library.

“It is a pleasure to be here today to help celebrate such a great community asset as the City’s library,” said Area Specialist Roberta Mues, USDA Rural Development. “Libraries bring a wealth of information to both the youth and adult groups and will continue to educate our future generations.”

“I am so pleased to show off the new additions (both the building and acquisition of new technology) to our citizens!” said Gail Irwin, Ainsworth Library Director. “With the increase in square footage and the addition of more computers, our expansion reminds me of a budding flower. Our library was like a living bud, small and cramped, that has now expanded and exploded into a large beautiful useful flower.”

USDA provided an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Community Facility Grant of $68,700 to construct a 1,200 square foot addition to their library. The City of Ainsworth contributed $127,391 towards the project, along with a $50,000 grant from the Peter Kiewit Foundation. The library serves Ainsworth and Brown county residents including Long Pine and Johnstown, which lack libraries. The library structure of today meets the space standards set by the Nebraska Library Commission. With increasing technology needs, there is ample room for additional computers. Equipment, furnishings and architectural fees were also included in this project.

Irwin continued, “Before, the library was full to overflowing. It was difficult to work in and hard to find books; now there is so much more space. We have been able to spread out and rearrange our collections. The public is enjoying the additional new computers and work stations recently added. The fireplace area welcomes people and invites them to sit and relax with favorite reading material. The staff is enjoying the new work area and storage room. Our dream has come true of having more space and a place for everything! All of the fundraising for the last three years has finally paid off. We could not have done this without the help of USDA Rural Development and the Peter Kiewit Foundation grants for the new addition. All of the new technology came from grants provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Nebraska Library Commission. We appreciate all the support given to us by these special groups! We have now completed several of our big projects. Our work is not completed yet. The library will continue to strive to meet the growing needs of our community by providing excellent library service to our users.”

For additional information contact Roberta Mues at (308) 237-3118 ext. 1128 or bert.mues@ne.usda.gov.