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  • Writer's pictureRoger Sims, Journal Staff

Pleasanton library to announce new changes

Updated: May 8

A new mural on the front of the Pleasanton Library was completed in time for the open house on Saturday. (Photos by Roger Sims/Linn County Journal)

Correction: Due to an editor's error, an incorrect date was posted for the April 27 open house. We regret the error.

PLEASANTON – The Pleasanton institution that is now officially called the Pleasanton Lincoln Library is set to undergo a change next weekend when library officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony and formally announce a new name.

The ribbon cutting will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. April 27, at the library, 752 Main St. in Pleasanton. It will be a kick-off to an open house that will last until 2 p.m. and include drawings for prizes, games for kids, and storytelling. The event will also include local vendors that represent a common theme: honey and bees.

Queen Bee’s Cones will be there with three new flavors of mini cones flavored with honey, Black Dog Farms will have local honey for sale, and Kala Leisure of Golden Petal Flowers will be on hand to sell her build-your-own bouquets.

The Carlson family with Carlson Cabin Honey will also be there with games for kids, storytelling and 50 bee jokes. This family has developed a reputation of entertainment built around their honey business.

The ribbon cutting comes after months of planning, rethinking the role of a library and remodeling the library. It also comes after weeks of promotion with yard signs popping up around the city asking, “Have you heard the Buzz? Happening soon at the LIBRARY.”

The process began last year with a survey of Pleasanton residents, and from that the members of the library board led by board chair Stephanie Brown developed a strategic plan. Members of the board and staff, including Library Director Wendy Morlan, have been busy preparing for the open house and the new look.

Interior remodeling that included a renovation of the kitchen and making the restrooms compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act was done by Jonah Earl and Shawn Cox of Pleasant and Handyman.

The renovation to the main entry of the building was done by Ethan Malave of Blue Mound-based Ethan Allen Renovations. Two murals visible on the northwest corner of the building were painted by KC Murals.

The new mural on the north wall of the library proclaims its mission statement and vision.

In making the changes, the library has adopted a vision statement that it will connect with the community, engage in opportunities, and transform lives.

The core values it has adopted are represented by the acronym H.I.V.E.

• Helpfulness: Offering assistance in a kind and caring way.

• Inclusivity: Being welcoming, friendly, and providing a safe and supportive environment for the community.

• Versatility: being versatile in using creative abilities to address situations.

• Enrichment: seeing to enrich the community and the lives of its patrons, and provide research, exploration and new information in both physical and digital formats.

The reinvention of the library won’t be the first time change has occurred there.

Originally began by a group of Pleasanton women who dubbed themselves the Lincoln Club in the early 1900s, the Lincoln Club Library was created with books those women collected.

In 1971 Pleasanton voters cast ballots to make the Lincoln Club Library a city library with a name, the Pleasanton Lincoln Library.

In 2007 the Pleasanton Library joined with four other library districts (Parker, No. 1; La Cygne, No. 2; Blue Mound, No. 3; and Mound City, No. 4) to become Linn County Library District No. 5. Creating the library district enabled the Pleasanton library to begin collecting taxes to support its mission in serving the Pleasanton community.

And with that tax revenue, the library has been able to expand into a new building, build its collection, provide more services to the community and become the institution it is today.

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