A Fresh Coat of Paint for El Reno Carnegie Library
Since this effort began on September 27, 2013 the goal has changed from just putting a Band-Aid on the library with a coat of paint to completely rehabilitating our gem to her original beauty of 1905! That means we're no longer talking thousands of dollars but millions! The City of El Reno has decided to give a significant amount from the CIP funds to the library but we still need YOU!
If you haven't donated yet but have been meaning to, please do it today! If you have already donated but feel you could do more, we sure would appreciate it.
You can donate in memory or in honor of someone.
You can donate on this site or you can mail your check to the library:
Friends of the Library
215 E. Wade Street
El Reno, OK 73036
The Friends of the Library have been very busy planning fundraisers. The first one is Friday, March 28, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m. at Boots to Bowties Event Center in El Reno. We are hosting a Wine and Palette Night! It will be a great deal of fun and we hope to see you there. For more information you can call the library at 405-262-2409 or go to www.wineandpalette.com to sign up.
Donation jars have been placed at area businesses and all your loose change adds up!
Thank you so very much!
As of today, February 13, 2014, we have raised $64,455!!! Exciting news for sure but we want to keep the momentum going! The dream has changed from just painting the building to restoring our gem to her original 1905 glory and bringing her into the 21st Century. We've met with architects and historical preservationists. They are so excited and impressed with our building and see so much potential for the wonderful El Reno Carnegie Library!
I spend many very wonderful hours in this librarylooking for books for enjoyment, but also for research for my first college classes. I will never forget the WONDERFUL Mrs. Diane Costin and how she helped me "cram" for a research paper I had due in less than 24 hours. Once she knew what I was doing, she settled me at a table with the research materials I'd already accumulated, and then dropped TONS more magazine and newspaper articles, as well as books, on my study table. I made an A on that paper in my first college English Comp class. The professor wanted to talk to me after class because it was the "best freshman paper she'd ever received." I can't take credit. Without the amazing help of Mrs. Costin, I'd still be sitting at that table - more than 25 years later - not having the slightest clue where to start, and cursing myself for having waited until literally the last possible second.