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!

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

Local Support Continues

We received two pledges from local financial institutions. FNBO and First State Bank & Trust stepped up with pledges for $50,000 towards the Expansion Project. FNBO claimed naming rights for the Elementary/Tween Library and First State claimed naming rights for the Young Child’s Library.

L-R: Matt Mueller – FNBO, Mayor Joey Spellerberg, Library Director Laura England-Biggs, Friends Board President Denise Kay, Library Board Vice-President Linda McClain

L-R: Mayor Joey Spellerberg, Chuck Johannsen – FSB&T, Denise Kay, Laura England-Biggs, Linda McClain

Library expansion project halfway to fundraising goal

The Keene Memorial Library expansion project has reached the halfway point of a $9.4 million fund-raising goal.

In 2018, Fremont voters approved a $2 million bond issue for the project.

Those funds, along with donations, grants and pledges, have put the project at 50% of its goal.

Members of the library’s board learned about the fundraising when they met Monday night in the Fremont Municipal Building.

““I think we’re making really good progress,” said Linda McClain, a member of the expansion project steering committee. “It’s a process and I think we’re in a good place right now.”

Read more of the Fremont Tribune’s article!

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 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!