A beautiful and historic building in Stockton will receive needed repairs to the roof thanks in part to a $35,000 grant from the Hansen Foundation.
The Stockton Public Library opened in 1900 and was originally funded by Andrew Carnegie. The historic building is on the National Register of Historic Kansas Places and looks from the street much as it did when it first opened. Internally, the library has undergone a series of renovations including updated lighting and the heating and air conditioning systems. A major addition was completed in 1985.
The grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation will assist with the latest renovation project, the replacement of the underlayment for the roof of the entire building. The project will entail removing the existing clay tiles and the leaky underlayment. New underlayment, flashing and edging will be installed before the clay tiles are reinstalled. When completed, the exterior will retain its same historic appearance, but the library will be protected from leaks that can permanently damage the space and collections.
The Hansen Foundation has long supported projects in northwest Kansas that improve the quality of life and support life-long learning for residents. In addition, the Foundation recognizes that libraries are places where community members of all generations come together.
The library is continuing fundraising efforts to complete the project.