Fremont Tribune: Dedication Set for Blair's New Library
The dedication for the new Blair Library and Technology Center will be on Saturday.
The flag raising ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in front of the new facility at 2233 Civic Drive, off of North Highway 75 in the Deerfield Subdivision. It will be followed by the dedication ceremony at 10:45 a.m. in the new meeting facility.
Lt. Gov. Mike Foley will be making the keynote remarks. Mayor James Realph and Congressman Jeff Fortenberry also will be making comments. The official ribbon cutting and opening of the library will follow at about 11:45 a.m.
The dedication and open house are open to the public. The library foundation and library staff will give tours and demonstrate some of the new technology features of the facility during the open house from noon to 4 p.m. The foundation will serve refreshments during the afternoon.
The new facility is approximately 24,000 square feet and has wireless network available to the public, study rooms, expanded genealogy room, maker space room, youth gaming areas and public meeting rooms.
The $6,145,000 facility was built as a cooperative venture between the City of Blair and Blair Library Foundation, with funding from the State of Nebraska Community Facility’s Grant administered by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development and the United States Department of Agriculture Community Facilities Program.
The library foundation owns the facility and the City of Blair has a 40-year lease with the option for a second 40-year extension. The library foundation has the ability to transfer the title to the City of Blair at any time in the future, upon paying off the USDA loan.
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