---- — Dear Editor,
As we turn the page from 2013 to 2014, the trustees and staff of the Rushville Public Library wish to extend our appreciation to all who supported the library this past year in one fashion or another. Most prominent is the City of Rushville and its council who recently accepted the feasibility study conducted and presented by Odle, McGuire, Shook, the architectural firm selected to oversee the renovation and expansion of the library building. The City graciously provided assistance from its grant writer early in the process of applying for the OCRA grant that will pay for the study. Along the way it contributed the manpower and equipment to demolish and remove the structures north and east of the building, a first step toward the expansion, and it helped replace the unsafe sidewalk adjacent to the building.
We thank library patron Mary Page who offered her fund-raising expertise and passion for the library to plan our capital campaign for improving our facility. Our fund-raising group is small, yet mighty. And we are optimistic in our goals with Mrs. Page at the helm.
We also thank attorneys Julie and Tracy Newhouse for their invaluable advice throughout the process of determining the library’s future in this community. One or both have been present at board meetings as expected, but they have also participated in parades and fund-raising events on behalf of the library. They are enthusiastic library supporters.
Earlier this year Bill Herdrich and Heather Meckes donated $5,000 to kick off the capital campaign, “It’s Overdue, Renew,” and they added another $5,000 as the community response grew. In addition, an anonymous donor (from outside our community) gave $5,000 as a challenge to all to give whatever increment of $5 they could afford. We are so appreciative of these generous donors and to all who have given what they could toward the campaign. No donation is insignificant.
We especially thank the library’s patrons who use its collections and computer services, attend special events, bring their children to story time, and often offer words of encouragement and support to the staff. We encourage all Rush County residents to stop in or call to learn more about the services the library currently provides and what the renovation / expansion can accomplish. Envisioning what the library could do to enhance the quality of life in our community is exciting, and we want to share that with you. Creating an oasis of learning, communication, recreation, and entertainment for people of all ages can be more than a dream with your help in 2014.
Sue Otte, Executive Director and
Board of Trustees
Rushville Public Library