Archive for Thursday, March 10, 2005

Community library to host open house

March 10, 2005

The Basehor Community Library will begin Tuesday, March 15 what's to be a year-long celebration commemorating its 20 year anniversary.

Library officials are inviting community members to visit the library, 2812 N. 155th Street, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. for refreshments, giveaways and tours. Also, available for viewing during the open house will be a scrapbook of photos and events from the library's past 20 years of service.

Staffed by volunteers. the community library opened March 15, 1985, and was much different in its inaugural year than it is currently. The library featured just one-fourth of its current space and was open only 20 hours a week. Its collection featured a few recent books, but mostly a collection of old books donated from other libraries.

Today, the library has three full-time employees and is open to patrons 56 hours per week. The collection now includes more than 21,000 books, a full array of multi-media and a computer laboratory with wireless connections and high-speed Internet service.

Though the library has much more solid footing today, its future remains uncertain, library officials say. The primary question facing the library today is whether it will operate the next 20 years from its original location or from a new facility.

Last year, Basehor voters rejected a $3.79 million bond issue that would have paid for a new facility on 158th Street.

In the wake of that bond issue defeat, library officials sent a survey to library patrons, the feedback from which will help craft a future bond question.

Library officials said they are still organizing the survey responses but should be ready to unveil the results in coming weeks.

Next week's open house is just one of several events the library has scheduled this year to celebrate its anniversary and to raise a targeted goal in 2005 of $20,000 for programs.

A Summer Concert Series will being Friday, June 10, at Basehor City Park and a fall masquerade ball is being planned for October.

Library officials also said they are discussing an as-of-yet undetermined year-end event for December.

For more information on the open house or other special events, contact the library at (913) 724-2828.

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