Library Renovation Full Steam Ahead

The renovation project is nearing completion! After nearly a year of moving out of the library and nearly eight months of demolition and construction, the project is nearly done. Paulsen Inc and Adams Construction have been busily working to complete the outside work of pouring sidewalks, prepping the ADA parking area and completing the drive-up service lane. Meanwhile inside, finishing touches like the flooring, painting, ceiling work and electrical and mechanical are being completed. The library hopes to start moving into their refurbished building starting later this month.

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3rd Annual Gala a Success!

The Third Annual Arapahoe Gala was held on April 24th, 2021 at the Ella Missing Community Center and became one of our greatest fundraisers to date! The organizers set a fundraising goal of raising $40,000 and due to the generosity of our local community and beyond, this goal has been met.

Work for this fundraiser began last summer, when a determined team of volunteers began garnering donations for the auction event. This year’s Donor Team had an especially daunting task ahead of them due to the pandemic, but they persisted. Nearly 190 donors gave to this particular fundraiser. The people and businesses of the small towns here in Furnas County played a huge part in this giving and were some of our biggest donors. Our donor team reached out to donors all over SW and Central NE and beyond, and the auction items given made this year’s event especially unique.  

Another challenge was for the Gala Committee volunteers who debated on whether or not an in-person event could even be held this year. Last year’s 2nd Annual Gala was abruptly moved from in-person to an online auction due to the health crisis. Health protocols were considered and carried out.

The proceeds made from this event will go directly to match grant funds for the renovation of the Arapahoe Public Library. The Arapahoe Public Library Foundation manages these funds. The library was the recipient of challenge grants from the Peter Kiewit Foundation and the NE Department of Economic Development. The proceeds from these fundraisers are a part of the match for these grants.

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3rd Annual Gala a Success!

The Third Annual Arapahoe Gala was held on April 24th, 2021 at the Ella Missing Community Center and became one of our greatest fundraisers to date! The organizers set a fundraising goal of raising $40,000 and due to the generosity of our local community and beyond, this goal has been met.

This year’s event was a hybrid of both mobile bidding and an in-person event. Ticket holders had the option of attending the dinner and dance event in person, or bidding from home. 154 people attended the April 24th event which began with a social hour with raffle games, then a catered dinner prepared by Marlene’s Kitchen and served by the Arapahoe HS Speech team. A live auction for exclusive items was held under the direction of Mark & Linda Hamel of Heartland Partners. George Probasco was the EMCEE who kept the night rolling.

All ticket holders bid on over 100 auction items through a mobile bidding event that began the morning of the 24th and closed that evening. People from home and people at the EMCC were bidding on the same items through this mobile bidding platform.

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3rd Annual Arapahoe Gala

We invite you to attend The 2021 Arapahoe Gala Event on April 24th! To purchase tickets for the April 24th Gala Event, you’ll need to register online:   

The 3rd Annual Arapahoe Gala is a “hybrid” event… you’re probably wondering what that even means?!

Our 1st Annual Gala was an in-person event extraordinaire with a silent auction, live auction, dinner – all the works!

Our 2nd Annual Gala (thanks to the ‘rona) was an all virtual/online auction event and quite the success it was!

Now in our 3rd year, the 2021 Gala will be a hybrid of the 2! We will gather once again for an event extra-extraordinaire all while having an online auction!

When you purchase your tickets (virtual ticket or in person ticket) it gives you all the bidding access you need to bid through the mobile auction website!

We won’t have paper bid sheets at the Gala – the bidding will be mobile on all the same items the folks at home are bidding on – but, but….

We will also have an exclusive LIVE AUCTION of 8 specially curated auction packages that can only be bid on IN PERSON! You can currently preview these items on our ticket/preview website, but once the online auction opens April 24th, the LIVE items will disappear from mobile bidding!

To purchase tickets for the April 24th Gala Event, you’ll need to register online:   

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We Have Doors!

The renovation project for our library has seen some big changes on both the interior and exterior. Due to the pandemic and the aluminum shortage, the suppliers were having difficulty stocking windows and doors. The stone for the exterior was also taking longer than planned for delivery and installation. However, the project is making headway with the stonework being done and our new windows and our front doors being delivered!

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Great Visit from the Lt. Gov!

Andrea McClintic- Executive Director for Dawson County Area Economic Development Council, Lt. Governor-Mike Foley and Ashley Gerlach- Business Development Consultant for the State of Nebraska’s Department of Economic Development

What an honor to have Lt. Gov Mike Foley, Andrea McClintic and Ashley Gerlach visit our renovation project! The group heard details about the project during their visit at the library’s current location, the American Legion Hall. The group then toured the renovation site and looked at the work in progress. Our project has been made possible with the help of a matching grant from the NE Dept. of Economic Development’s Civic and Community Center Financing Fund.

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1,000 Books By Kindergarten

Let’s start reading! If you have a child that has not yet started Kindergarten, this program is for you.

Here’s how it works: Family members start reading to their infants, toddlers or Pre-schoolers at any point. Every time your family reaches a 100 book level, your child gets recognition for their efforts. The goal is to read 1,000 books by Kindergarten which will give your child a head start in word recognition. Stop by the library for a paper form or use the Read Squared App on your phone!

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Lego Club Covid-19 Edition

Graham was our Virtual Lego Club Winner in Dec

Due to the pandemic, and the library temporarily moving into the American Legion Hall, our Lego Club has seen some changes. In the month of December, with cases rising in our community, Lego Club went virtual. Families shared photos of what their kids were creating at home and we posted these on our Facebook page. Every month we draw one participant’s name and that lucky winner gets to pick out a small Lego set. Here in January, kids can bring in their creations for public display at the Legion Hall once again. This month’s theme is anything winter related.

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A Sneak Peek

The new drive-up service window: Wilkins Architect Design Planning

The framing for the new drive-up service window is being installed. Pictured above is the architect’s rendering of what the new office area will look like when completed. This is located in what was the former East entrance area. Patrons will be able to drop off their books on the East side of the building; the book drop is concealed in the cupboard on the right. Our staff will also be able to assist people from their vehicles via this new drive-up service window. We’re very excited to be able to offer this new service!

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Our Library Elves are Ready for the 12 Books of Christmas!

This Christmas season will look a lot different this year and the Arapahoe Public Library would like to help you begin a new tradition! We’re introducing our new program, the 12 Days of Books! Our library elves will select 12 picture books for your family, wrap them individually and then you bring home the joy of picking one book a night to read as a family.

Patrons are asked to fill out a google doc to give us some information on the ages of their family members and their preferences for different subjects. Dinosaurs and princesses are very popular. As are construction and animal books. We provide a mix of holiday and winter themed books, along with your reading preferences for a total of 12. This program ends soon as Christmas is just around the corner. Contact the library for more details.

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