The Friends of Kansas Libraries recently awarded Challenge Grants to Friends groups in Kansas. Atchison Library, Bonner Springs Public Library, Ottawa Library, and Mary Cotton Library in Sabetha were all awarded the grants.
Each library requested funds to accomplish projects planned with assistance from their Friends organization. Atchison is raising community awareness of library programming by hosting a silent auction and luncheon with a local author. Bonner Springs will be sharing information with assistance from Friends of the Library prior to a vote on funding for a new library facility. Ottawaâ€™s project includes a local history effort that involves editing video recordings of Ottawaâ€™s Main Street and its citizens. Mary Cotton Library is promoting a new microfilm scanner by involving the community in a publicity contest. Each grant was funded based upon creativity, planning, potential benefit to the library, and active involvement of the organization.