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Boonslick Regional Library in Cooper County receives donation to help relocate to the old Kemper Military School

Boonville Market President of BTC Bank, Curtis Carter (right), and Branch Coordinator, Susan
Lenz (left), present a $10,000 donation to Mary Pat Abele (center), Chair of the Cooper County
Library Building/Expansion Committee, for the relocation of the Library to its new home on the
Kemper Campus.
BRL Cooper County Building/Expansion Committee
Boonville Market President of BTC Bank, Curtis Carter (right), and Branch Coordinator, Susan Lenz (left), present a $10,000 donation to Mary Pat Abele (center), Chair of the Cooper County Library Building/Expansion Committee, for the relocation of the Library to its new home on the Kemper Campus.

BOONVILLE, Mo. (KMIZ)

The Boonslick Regional Library in Cooper County received a $10,000 donation from BTC Bank to help with the library’s relocation to the Kemper campus.

“We believe the Cooper County Library is such a valuable asset and a tremendous resource for young and old alike,” said Curtis Carter, Boonville market president of BTC Bank in a release.

Carter hopes that the donation will encourage other businesses, organizations, and members of the community to donate as well.

The Boonslick Regional Library Building/Expansion Committee is working with the Friends of the Library to raise funds needed for interior renovations and the purchase of additional furnishings and computers for the expanded space at the new location.

“There are naming opportunities for rooms and areas of the Library ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 which will provide a lasting legacy and demonstration of support for this significant resource for our county and its communities,” explained Mary Pat Abele, chair of the BRL Cooper County Building/Expansion Committee and Trustee on the BRL Board of Directors in a release.

The renovation project is still in its design development, construction documents and bidding, and construction phases of the project, according to the news release.

The move-in date for the library is still to be determined, depending on access to materials and supplies and the library wants to move in as soon as possible.

The plan is for the library to be the new focal point for the community.

“It is in a prime location near the YMCA and State Fair Community College for collaborative and interactive programs,” Abele said in the release.

The library is planning to relocate to the Kemper Campus, a gymnasium that was built in 1906 for the Kemper Military School. The building has been renovated a couple of times over the last few years, but the plan is to add a restroom to the upper level and to add modest changes for security and ease of operation as well as comfortable, inviting furnishings.

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