The Expansion Project has made great strides in the past four months. We’ve seen the dirt work and raising of the steel beams, and now the walls are beginning to take shape. See the photos below for a bit of a timeline.
Groundbreaking a rousing success
We had a wonderful day for a ceremonial groundbreaking at the Keene Memorial Library Expansion Project! Browse some of the wonderful photos taken by Kaley Schlueter Photography below.
Groundbreaking is scheduled
Library Move Update
Well, it’s been a long few months since we updated you on the Expansion Project progress. The Library closed August 1 in order to pack up all the contents and prepare for the separate moves to the City Auditorium/Storage.
Support the Expansion Project!
The Friends of Keene Memorial Library are once again sponsoring the Expansion Project during the Fremont Area Big Give. Early giving is available now, or you can donate on Tuesday May 10.
We have an anonymous sponsor who will match the first $5,000 in donations, and the Rupert Dunklau Foundation matching grant is still in play. So you can effectively triple your donation during this campaign!
Commemorative Brick Program
Download the form here for our Commemorative Brick Program.
Matching Grant Received
The Rupert Dunklau Foundation has extended a generous matching challenge grant to the Library Expansion Project. Pledges and gifts from new, returning, and lapsed donors will be matched up to $100,000. The Library has until December 31, 2022 to meet the challenge. As of this posting, we are 1/4 of the way to our goal of $100,000.
If you would like to be part of this fundraising effort, contact the Library at 402-727-2694 or email Laura England-Biggs for more information.
Fundraising Continues – Holiday Update
The Expansion Project has received several large foundation gifts and donations since our last update. We stand at approximately $7,140,000 raised or committed towards our $9.4 million goal. The support from the community and donors is so appreciated.
We are thrilled to once again have our Holiday Tree lit up from dusk until dawn thanks to an anonymous donor. The tree has a beautiful mix of red, white and blue lights this year.
Project Receives Grant from Peter Kiewit Foundation
The City of Fremont and Keene Memorial Library (KML) are proud to announce award of a grant of $500,000 from Peter Kiewit Foundation. The grant will support the planned renovation and expansion project for Keene Memorial Library.
Opened in 1971, renovation of Keene Memorial Library will provide ADA accessibility, updated technology, a dedicated computer lab, designated areas for adults, teens & children, expanded community meeting room space and an outdoor courtyard. The $9.4 million project received original support from the Hazel Keene Trust and in 2018, voters in Fremont unanimously passed a $2 million bond in support of the project.
“We are honored and extremely grateful to receive support from Peter Kiewit Foundation” said Laura England-Biggs, KML Library Director. “This grant moves us significantly closer to our fundraising goal; we hope it will inspire other donors to participate in this project which will serve as a community hub for years to come.”
Service Clubs Commit to Expansion Project
The Fremont Rotary Club has committed $5,000 towards the Expansion Project. securing naming rights to a bench in the outdoor courtyard..
The Fremont Kiwanis Club secured naming rights to the Children’s Activity Room with their $25,000 pledge, which will be honored over three years.
L-R: Club President Blair Horner, Past-President Jamie Luebbe, Library Director Laura England-Biggs, Library Board Vice-President Linda McClain, Mayor Joey Spellerberg