Auburn, Nebraska, Oct 02, 2012 -- The Auburn Memorial Library Foundation, Inc. celebrated the completion of its library expansion project today with an open house. USDA Rural Development’s Community Programs Director Denise Meeks was present. Rural Development provided a $100,000 loan and $56,590 grant for the project. Leveraged funds of $265,410 from the Foundation, $10,000 from Union Pacific Foundation, and $75,000 from the Peter Kiewit Foundation were also utilized.
“Congratulations to the Auburn Memorial Library Foundation, Inc. for their foresight in this library expansion,” said Meeks. “The expanded library allows for the continuation and expansion of library resources and services to the residents of the community, meeting their personal, educational, and professional informational needs.”
“We are truly grateful for all of the community support and everyone who helped this dream become a reality," said President Deb Clopton, The Auburn Memorial Library Foundation, Inc.
The library was built in 1996, consisting of 5,773 square feet. Extra space was needed at the library because of the increasing patronage, which is approximately 125 patrons daily. The Auburn Memorial Library offers youth services, youth and adult reading areas, preschool story time, summer reading programs, computer technology, and a conference room, all of which were increasing in demand.
The library expansion added 1,340 square feet. The youth services collection and reading area was relocated to the new area that then allowed for the expansion of the adult collection and/or more technology equipment at the existing space. A new Director’s office made the existing office available for a workroom. Mechanical and electrical systems were upgraded.
USDA Rural Development funding was provided through the Community Facility Loan and Grant program. For more information contact Janice Stopak at (402) 423-9683 ext. 121 or Janice.firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/NEHome.html.
For additional information on RD projects, please visit Rural Development’s new interactive web map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011. The data can be found at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html.
President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $172 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.