BEATRICE – At one point, materials had to be torn out and the project restarted. But in what was described as a “long and winding road”, the newly renovated lower level of the Beatrice Public Library was dedicated, Sunday.
About fifty attended the dedication of The Vette Cultural Arts Center and Thomas Heritage Room.
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Dr. Dale Kruse, working with the Beatrice Public Library Foundation, said a survey had indicated a need for more art display space, storage, improved technology and more room for children and teenagers.
The lower level includes a custom-made circulation desk from Ratigan Schottler Manufacturing. The Heritage Room, which moved downstairs, now provides more area for children and teens on the main floor of the library.
Donations from the late Maurice (morris) and Dorothy Hevelone, Fred and Virginia Vette, and Martha and Margaret Thomas have helped make the library and the renovations possible.
June Seitz of the Library Foundation said Virginia Vette’s donation was the initial major contribution to the lower level project.
The Martha and Margaret Thomas Foundation donated funds toward the Heritage Room. Larry Anderson is with the foundation.
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The Beatrice Public Library announced their “Friend in Deed” Awards Sunday. One award goes to the Beatrice Early Risers Kiwanis Club for their volunteer work with the project. Paul Garnett was recognized for helping to provide storage space for artifacts until they could be moved in for display. Dr. Dale Kruse was recognized for his diligence in helping move the project forward.