They’ve been waiting more than a year, but now they’re ready for the next big move. The Kimball Library Building Committee is hosting groundbreaking ceremony this weekend.
The new library will be constructed at 51 Spruce Avenue. A task force helped identify the new library location and worked on fundraising to build it. They raised more than $560,000, thanks in part to a matching gift from Lorraine Gregory, a former librarian, and her family. An additional construction grant of $490,511 from the Minnesota Department of Education is funding the new building.
The groundbreaking event is Sunday, August 11 starting at 3:30 p.m. The event directly follows the Kimball Days parade and honors Gregory for her giving the first major donation.
You can watch a video of the project here.
The Great Regional Library System reports the Kimball Library Building Committee, made up of representatives from the city, the Great River Regional Library, the Kimball Area Friends of the Library, and other community members worked through the end grant agreement with the state, finalized building plans working with Rice Companies and Bentz, Thompson Rietow and Westwood Professional Services to meet the state’s requirement for B3 Guidelines.