Renovating the new Pleasanton Lincoln Library at 752 Main St. has been like putting together a puzzle. The difference is when you buy a puzzle in a box, you know all the pieces will fit. You also have a picture of what the final puzzle should look like. The challenge with the new library is that we didn’t know in advance what the final picture should look like and we didn’t even know if we would have all the pieces.
We planned to renovate our current building, but the cost of a contractor was beyond our means. While we were waiting to save enough money to make the major changes to our old building, Brown’s Farm Supply went on the market. Library Board Member Bill Peterson suggested we look into purchasing the building. After previewing the building and considering the cost, the board decided to move forward with the purchase. Local resident Theresa Miller offered her services to the board and the puzzle piecing began!
Theresa and I began gathering materials stored in the attic of the old library. We also gratefully accepted donations of recycled wood from Kenton Bell, building supplies from Bill Peterson and appliances from the Millers. Then we spent hours shopping at three different Kansas City Habitat ReStores and numerous thrift stores to purchase additional supplies, fixtures and furniture. With visions of a completed project in our minds and numerous adjustments to our “picture,” the project is coming together wonderfully.
We’ve had much assistance from our building craftsmen Freddy Miller, Rob Miller and Damien Yarbrough, with occasional help from Dickie Schultz. We’ve had many offers of volunteer help and have utilized a number of different local residents in our endeavor. I’ve been photographing the progress and putting photos of the changes to the new library on our Pleasanton Lincoln Library web site. It’s been fascinating to watch our vision become reality. I can hardly wait to see the result of each new idea we have to make the library look different than any other.
Thanks to all the board members for their support and encouragement. Board members include Kenton Bell, Caroline Copenhaver, Tel-lea Cox, Charline Klopfenstein, Frances Marshall, Bill Peterson and Sheilah Umphenour. If you see any of these dedicated Pleasanton residents, please thank them for having the foresight to improve your community. Together we will piece together a puzzle that will provide the community with a beautiful picture of what a modern library looks like. It will be one that everyone can be proud to call their own.
Don’t forget to join us at the Open House of the new library on Saturday, April 21 from noon to 3 p.m. Adrian Zink, the new director of the Mine Creek Battlefield State Historical Site will introduce our special guest Andrea Warren. Andrea is a well-known children’s book author who will provide a presentation at 1:30 p.m. Don’t miss the excitement!