Kevin L. Green
Everyone in the community is invited to a celebration and open house at the Rushville Public Library from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14.
This free event not only celebrates the beginning of National Library Week, but also kicks off the library’s capital campaign to raise funds to improve the facility.
The afternoon will be full of entertainment, refreshments, activities for children, door prizes and give-aways.
The Rushville Public Library’s capital campaign is titled “It’s Overdue, Renew.”
“We are beginning an ambitious drive to raise money to improve the present building and expand onto the property which Carter Lanning so graciously donated to us in 2006,” head librarian Sue Otte said.
The library has already had a handful of donations to help kick off “It’s Overdue, Renew” including a gift from the William J. Herdrich Family, which is being used to match a grant from the Indiana Office of Rural Affairs, Otte said.
“Another generous donation has come from a person who has a connection to a library board member, but who has never lived in Rushville nor visited the Rushville Public Library. This Indianapolis resident has donated $5,000 with a challenge to Rush County folks. The challenge is that everyone who is able to should make a donation to the Rushville Public Library in some increment of $5, whether that be $5, $50, $500 or more,” Otte continued.
The library’s board of trustees is working with the original architects of the building to create an addition which will complement and enhance the 83-year-old facility.
In 1930, the architectural firm of McGuire & Shook created the Gothic-style library.
Now, Odle, McGuire, & Shook (OMS) intend to continue the integrity of the building while making a planned addition accessible, modern and inviting. “When finished, the Rushville Public Library will be more than just a public library. It will be a sort of community center where families and groups will find diverse educational, recreational, and creative activities and resources. During the library’s April 14 open house, visitors will get to see our hopes and dreams for the future,” Otte said. “Please bring your family and friends to the Rushville Public Library’s open house on Sunday, April 14, at 1 p.m. Celebrate with us!”
Contact: Kevin Green @ 765.932.2222 x108