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Plans to Rebuild Garrison Public Library Still Alive

GARRISON, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--For almost four years now, one corridor town has been working to rebuild their library.

The City of Garrison's library was destroyed in a wind storm in 2011, but the quest to build a new one is now in sight thanks to seven women

Take a drive through garrison and you'll see. It's a small town.

Only 361 people live here, but don't be fooled, in this rural community are big thinkers.

The story begins back in July 2011. That evening a terrible windstorm blew through town.

"One of the board members, Betty called me up and said, have you seen our poor library, Library Board Vice President, Christy Leckband.

"My heart broke. I couldn't believe it. I wanted to cry, said board member, Dorothy Readnour, because the library was a huge part of garrison. It was the keeper of the town's history, the center of the community.

"We knew we had to do something. We knew we that wasn't feasible to fix that, she said.

So the library's seven board members, all women, five of them here, banded together.

They moved what they could to basements in their homes -- created a mini library in this small room inside a church, and then the work for a new and improved building began.

"We've written grants. We have had spaghetti suppers, we have had flea markets. We had made a calendar, we've begged people, we've threatened people, said Leckband.

All in an effort to raise the 600-thousand dollars needed for the project...and they are getting there.

"The shell of our building is going to cost approximately 340,000 dollars and we found out as of last night that we have raised that money so we can begin construction on the shell, Leckband said.

Meaning Garrison is on its way to seeing new life

"We gotta do it. We have to do it. We have to have something for our children, said Readnour.

The women plan to break ground this month on the 14th, but it's not over. They still need 260,000 dollars.

Anyone who would like help out can donate to farmers bank in Vinton. Donations are tax deductible.

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