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Troy Library to be Renovated by Community

A Doniphan County library will soon get a make-over but they need help from the community.
(TROY, Ks.)  The Doniphan County library in Troy, Kan. will soon undergo major renovations. The library was given a $300,000 grant from the state to help with upgrades.

In order to make the grant work, the community must help with the renovation.

"They provide all the money for the materials and then we provide as a community support to make the building project happen," said Maggie McKeithan, district library director.

The project didn't come together overnight. The library applied for the grant last fall and held public meetings for input. Customers say they're happy for the upgrades.

"Yes, I'm excited and I'm looking forward to it," stated Cynthia Florence, a patron who visits the library weekly.

McKeithan adds that this grant is what the town of Troy needs. More than 8,000 people visit the library annually so the update was long overdue.

"We really feel like it's a central part of the community and we're excited to have a revived space that looks nice. Everyone recognizes that this would be a huge step for the community and we have a lot of support," added McKeithan.

McKeithan adds that they're most excited about having a new place for it's young readers. They say it's not only important for them to have a place to read, but to have one that's safe.

"We'd love to have a big wide open space where kids can come and use the library," added McKeithan.

"That is awesome. I can't be more happier for them. I can bring my kids in and they can have their own little room to enjoy," added Florence.  

The grant stipulations include completing the project in two years. They say it will take the entire time to get everything done.

Renovations are set to begin in August. If you're interested in helping the library with the project, call (785) 985-2597.

You can also learn more about the Doniphan County Library District 1 here.
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