Today’s libraries provide important services that go far beyond books. They are used for community gathering places, internet access, remote conferencing, public meetings, after-school programs, and increasingly for wildly popular makerspaces for children and adults. Recently, the Kreutz-Bennett Donor-Advised Fund, an affiliated fund of Nebraska Community Foundation, helped six small-town Nebraska libraries provide access to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) activities by providing grants totaling $46,321. All grants required a one-to-one match in local funding. An additional $86,750 in grants was awarded to libraries for program enhancement, facilities improvement, or work leading to accreditation.
Axtell Public Library was offered a $20,000 grant in 2019 on the condition that the community could raise the matching funds within one year. Those funds have been secured and the contingent grant has been released. Funding will be used to update the library’s restrooms to make them ADA accessible and improve the outdated and non-functioning lighting throughout the library.
for full story see April 8 Courier