State grant to help Andrews library grow bigger

Representatives from the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library stand with Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman (third from left) as she awards them a Community Focus Fund grant totaling $261,102 to go toward the improvement of the library on Friday, Sept. 21.
Representatives from the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library stand with Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman (third from left) as she awards them a Community Focus Fund grant totaling $261,102 to go toward the improvement of the library on Friday, Sept. 21. Photo provided.

The Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library, in Andrews, will be growing.

The Town of Andrews received a Community Focus Fund (CFF) grant totaling $261,102 to fund improvements to the library. The grant was announced on Aug. 31 and Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman awarded the grant to representatives from Andrews at a statehouse ceremony on Friday, Sept. 21, recognizing all 38 of the communities that received CFF grants.

Dee Kochensparger, librarian with the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library, says the grant money will help the library nearly double in size, as well as fund renovations to the basement, which includes the additions of a kitchenette and men's and women's restrooms.

The money will also go toward helping the library become handicap-accessible, Kochensparger says. A lift in the front main entrance and a lift that goes from the library's first floor to the basement will be installed.

Kochensparger says the library is unconcerned about construction not being able to be completed due to a lack of funds as it has money from fund-raising efforts and other grants to fall back on if need be.

Construction is tentatively set to begin in March, Kochensparger says.

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Representatives from the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library stand with Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman (third from left) as she awards them a Community Focus Fund grant totaling $261,102 to go toward the improvement of the library on Friday, Sept. 21, during a ceremony at the statehouse in Indianapolis. Joining Skillman are (from left) Ross Pietrzak, Laura Dillon, Julie Newsome, Dee Kochensparger and Bill Johnson.