Archive for Thursday, September 4, 2003

Fund-raiser a success despite homerless weekend

September 4, 2003

A billboard advertising a joint fund-raiser between the Basehor Community Library and Kansas City T-Bones sits at the corner of 155th Street and State Avenue and indicates $4,769 has been generated this season.

The sign won't need updating.

Residents pledged money for each home run hit during a T-Bones home game; the funds are put toward a library building fund. The community library is attempting to build a new facility on 158th Street, near the Prairie Gardens development.

Over the rain-shortened weekend, the home team failed to knock one out of CommunityAmerica Ballpark. The three-game series with Sioux City was canceled Saturday and Sunday because of heavy rains.

Despite holding pat over the weekend, librarians called the joint fundraiser a success and said they hope to enter into a similar venture next season.

"I believe it was," said Carla Kaiser, Basehor Community Library director. "We may change some things, but if the T-Bones are willing, we'd like to do it again."

The current library facility on 155th Street has become ill suited for the library and its expanding circulation and readership. It has been located inside its current building since 1986, the library's first year.

The new location will be a larger yet reader-friendly library, librarians said.

Thus far, librarians and library officials have been careful in planning for the new facility.

Kaiser said the library will narrow the list of potential architects to three and begin interviewing those candidates Oct. 1. A decision will be made by Oct. 15, the director said.

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