The Foundation has granted $9,800 to help complete a new community Library in Burr Oak, Kansas.
A new library building is nearly finished thanks to significant community support including local fund raising efforts and more than 1400 hours of volunteer labor. The property for the new library was donated by the City of Burr Oak. A previous grant from the Hansen Foundation last fall was instrumental in getting the project off the ground.
This grant will provide sidewalks, security bollards, outdoor lighting, and landscaping. Volunteer labor and in-kind donations will also be used to complete the exterior of the building.
The Burr Oak Community Library serves Burr Oak, Highland, Walnut and White Mound townships and is the largest in the Jewel County area. Services offered go beyond a borrowing library. Space is provided for adults to utilize computers and internet for online classes, in-home service for Seniors, pre-school story and craft programs and summer movies for kids.
Those involved with the project report that the construction of this beautiful new library has spurred a resurgence of community pride. Properties that were previously neglected have been razed or cleaned up. Local residents are looking to the library leaders for guidance in property improvement and there is a new dedication to community beautification.
The library project met several of the guiding principles established by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, including community leadership and volunteerism, education and community beautification.