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Fundraising updates and grant awards

Update Sept. 21, 2018: Fundraising committee receives book spines

The fundraising committee has received three book spines that can be viewed in the library. These are made by an artist and recent Wesleyan graduate. Over 30 Crete individuals, families and organizations have donated towards the new library by selecting their spines with their accompanying dedications.

Update June 25, 2018: Fundraising update for new library/community room

Fundraising efforts on behalf of the new library/community room are continuing apace. Prior to June 2018, we have received an anonymous $88,000 donation, as well as Union Bank and Trust (UBT) donating $20,000 towards the meeting room. Pinnacle Bank in Crete has donated $50,000 for the naming rights of the outdoor pavilion.

Recently we have received donations for naming rights. Windstream has been very generous with their $50,000 donation to have their name on the new technology room/MakerSpace. Jim and Sharon Crouse liked the idea of a fireplace in the new library so much, they decided to put their name on it with a contribution of $15,000. We were very pleased to find support in our local community with a $5,000 donation from Bunge for the naming rights for an outdoor bench and Ann Kelsall and Mac Sack also donated $5,000 for the naming rights for a bench.

In addition to supporting the new library/community room, donors may be eligible to receive a Nebraska state tax credit. Donations over $10,000 will receive a 20% Nebraska state tax credit and donations from $5,000-$9,999 will receive a 10% Nebraska state tax credit. You may take up to two years to complete your donation. There are several rooms, sitting areas and outdoors spaces that have naming rights just waiting for your name to be associated with them.

A recent graduate with a fine arts degree from Wesleyan will be making the ceramic book spines. We have received over 25 donations for book spines to date. These are available in three different sizes – 6” ($250), 8” ($500) and 10” ($1,000) inches and can be in the donor’s name or another dedication. Book spine donations can be made over a three-year period. If you are interested in making a donation to this important community enhancement, please contact the library or email: cpl.newlibrary@gmail.com.

Update November, 15, 2017: Sunderland Foundation awards $100,000 to Crete Library project

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Many thanks to the Sunderland Foundation for awarding $100,000 for the Crete Library/Civic Center construction. These funds, along with the community's approved sales tax funds and other grants and donations will allow us to build the best library possible. For me, as a community developer, that's a library that provides a variety of resources and amenities to accommodate the many needs of a diverse group of users.  I think that's why I particularly enjoy this cartoon - it alludes to a classic poem while incorporating current technology and slang, not a bad goal for a 21st century library.

"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door."  {Excerpt from The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe}

Update October, 10, 2017: Sherwood Foundation awards $500,000 to Crete Library project

Here’s the latest Crete Library information!  The first week in October, the City of Crete was awarded $500,000 from the Sherwood Foundation towards construction costs of the new library. A big thank you to Sherwood for valuing, supporting, and celebrating rural communities in Nebraska!  This is particularly good news because it’s likely that prices for building materials will increase a lot over the next year due to the massive hurricane damage that occurred across the U.S. this year. These grant funds will help us build the square footage we want for the new library. This is very important because Crete’s library provides programs for schoolchildren that aren’t offered anywhere else in the community. These programs serve as an essential bridge for students to retain and develop reading skills and general knowledge between school years. Library program today, literary selfie…sometime in the future.

Update July, 6, 2017: Library and Civic Center project - grant award

Hello to book lovers and library fans –Crete Economic Development is busy fundraising for the new library/civic center. If you haven’t heard the good news, our recent grant application to the Nebraska Department of Economic Development for Community Facilities funds was awarded. This grant provides us $375,000 in funding for construction. Building a new community library is a once-in-a-lifetime project, which makes it so exciting!!  The current library was finished way back in 1915 and has served us well for over 100 years. Just think, the new library may very well still be serving our future generations in the year 2117. Who knows what great things will be invented by then?