The Corporate Reading Challenge has begun!

The Corporate Reading Challenge has begun! Thank you to our participants and sponsors. Over 280 readers have signed up to help with the effort. Within the first ten days, our readers had read over 18,000 minutes collectively. Today we are glad to share we are over 75,000 minutes! Congratulations readers, we are halfway to our goal with 2/3 of our time left.

Keep reading and keep in mind our top readers will be rewarded!

Not signed up as a reader yet? Go to http://keene.beanstack.org or download the Beanstack Tracker app.

Introducing: Corporate Reading Challenge

Reading Public: Library patrons sign up for our Beanstack reading program and register for the Corporate Reading Challenge. They log their time spent reading each day from June 1 – June 30, 2021 and we watch the minutes climb on the statistics tracker. Our challenge is to have 150,000 minutes read during that time period. For more information, click here!

Corporate Sponsors: We ask you to consider a pledge to donate to the Grow With Us campaign when we reach our goal. You can match dollar for minutes up to $150,000 or set your own giving level (any amount helps). If you are unable to participate financially, perhaps you could spare some gift cards or coupons as prizes for the participants as an in-kind donation. (We’d love it if you would encourage your employees to get a library card and participate as readers too!) For more information click here!

How to sign up for Beanstack

Visit here and either sign in to your Beanstack account, or click the register button. Log your time spent reading and watch the numbers add up!

Library expansion plans continue

Linda McClain, library board vice president, is part of the expansion project steering committee.

McClain said the committee is working very hard on the expansion endeavor, adding that it soon will be three years since local voters approved a $2 million bond issue for the project.

“I think it’s time for us to finalize these plans,” McClain said.

McClain thanked the Fremont Area Community Foundation for the $100,000 grant, which she described as a kick start.

She said the “Grow With Us” fundraising campaign is set to begin.

“We’ll shortly be rolling out a video production, talking about the multiple needs of our facility to bring it into the next 50 years,” she said.

Read More here!

Fremont Area Community Foundation grants $100,000 to Keene Memorial Library

Laura England-Biggs understands the critical need for a library in a community.

England-Biggs is interim director at Keene Memorial Library in Fremont. In this role, she continually sees students, job seekers and workers who depend on the local facility.

“We are reaching out to serve not only those who want to use the library, but those who need to use the library — those folks who don’t have internet or a computer at home that works and need access for job searching, for homework — for even working from home. Some folks come in with laptops and do their work from home at their second home, which is the library,” she said.

Read More of the Fremont Tribune’s article!

Challenges and Solutions

Keene Memorial Library was opened in 1971. Much has changed since then and time has moved quickly. The library has grown and so has Fremont. The limit for collections has been reached, our parking lot seems to shrink, and technology has passed us by.

These are some of the challenges that Keene Memorial Library faces on a daily basis and all challenges that the expansion hopes to fix.

KEENE MEMORIAL LIBRARY, CITY OF FREMONT HIRE SPT ARCHITECTURE FOR NEW EXPANSION DESIGN

Library leaders are excited to share that Spangenberg Phillips Tice Architecture (SPT) out of Wichita Kansas has been hired to work on architectural plans for the library’s expansion and renovation. The Fremont City Council met on January 26 and approved hiring SPT; four other companies had submitted proposals.

Interim Library Director Laura England-Biggs is excited to work with SPT. “Moving forward in the next stage of our design process is an exciting one. SPT has some great ideas for us! And they have listened to our input from the initial meetings with remarkable results so far.” SPT Architecture will provide the architectural design and schematics of the expansion project. They will first work on a new exterior rendering before helping to finalize the interior of the project design. To do this work, they are taking into account needs from past space needs assessments and community surveys/input sessions.

They have previously worked on projects like the Valley Center Community Center & Library (Valley Center KS), Wichita Public Library and Wichita Public Schools.