The new Library, Museum, and
Community Center to be a community treasure—the
place where everyone gathers and connects—the heart
The proposed Benton Community Center and Library
will be just that—a new building that will include an
expanded library, flexible meeting or gathering space
for up to 100 people, storage for two museums that do
not have climate controlled areas, and a display area for
People think that with the growth of the internet, libraries
are becoming a thing of the past. Nothing could be
further from the reality of libraries today. All across
America, libraries are in transition—always finding new
ways to add value to the community. Libraries are among
the most equal access institutions; they play an integral role in fighting
disinformation and developing life-long readers. They
are multi-tasking organizations housed in multi-purpose
buildings. Once a quiet space to check out a book to
take home and read, libraries are no longer one-dimensional.
Libraries of the 21st century are changing to
meet new demands and provide additional services to
their communities. They are versatile, dynamic organizations
meeting the demands of a changing society.
Libraries embrace progress, reaching beyond known
solutions and formats while bringing people and information
together. A community’s library levels the
playing field to assure that all may reap the benefits of
knowledge and education.
The total cost of the project is approximately$2,645,000.
The campaign goal is $1,500,000 and within 5 months
more than $1,000,000 has been raised. This includes $140,000 –
140 Extraordinary Women have committed to this important
community project in their own names or to honor or remember a special woman.