January 12, 2016 – Members of the Southern Pioneer Electric’s Helping Us Give to Society (H.U.G.S.) Team presented the Kismet Public Library Foundation with a $5,600 grant to help with the construction of a new library facility for the Kismet community.
“We are thankful to have the opportunity to still have a place to provide our service, but we are looking forward to having our own space with room to possibly expand,” said foundation President Louise Wyrick.”Currently, all special programs for adults and children, including summer reading activities, must be held in facilities outside of the library. Our hope is that the new building will be able to provide our patrons and library staff with the appropriate space to be able to fully enjoy all that their library has to offer.”
On the evening of July 22, 2015, a driver crashed into the town’s city hall. The library, housed on the south side of the building, was directly impacted by the accident. The Seward County Fire Department, offered to rent their meeting room to us as a temporary location while the building was in repair. Library staff, board members and community volunteers helped move the library back to its original location in March 2016. Despite the turmoil and relocation, the library has continued to offer a variety of services to those in the surrounding communities.
“The library provides a variety of services for adults, youth and children,” said Wyrick “A children’s summer reading program is offered along with craft and story times for children in the area. In addition, we provide our local students with the tools and resources they need to help meet their education goals. We work with Kismet Elementary School and support them with their literacy programs and have students from Southwestern Heights Junior and Senior High School and Plains Elementary School use the library to check out materials.”
The project was brought to the attention of the H.U.G.S. team and the group was eager to support the project.
“We hope that our contribution will help create a great facility for the Kismet community,” said H.U.G.S. representative Dee Longoria. “Having a program like H.U.G.S. gives us an opportunity to give back to the communities we serve. We are excited for the Kismet community and hope they enjoy this new facility in the years to come!”