Grand Island Public Library Foundation Receives Award from the Nebraska Library Association

The Grand Island Public Library Foundation received the Nebraska Library Association Public Library and Trustee Section Advocacy Award on Saturday, November 13th. Pat Leach with the Nebraska Library Assocation presented the award to Foundation Board President, Alan Leper.

The award recognizes the foundation’s exceptional work in supporting the library. The Foundation provides annual support to the library for programs and events, as well as funding support for capital campaigns and facility improvements. The Foundation’s most recent project was the addition of the Sandhill Crane Sculputre which was installed at the library in September. The installation marked the end of a multi-year renovation campaign, supported by the Foundation.

For information on how you can make a donation or volunteer, contact Leigh Lillibridge at (308) 385-5333 or email: Leigh.giplfoundation@gmail.com

Ed Meedel, Library Liaison, Pat Leach, Nebraska Library Assocation, Celine Swan, GIPL Director, Alan Lepler, GIPL Foundation Board President, Duane Burns, GIPS Foudation Past President, Leigh Lillibridge, GIPL Foundation Executive Director and Kim Mettenbrink, GIPL Foundation Volunteer Coordinator

“New Heights Dedication”

Artist Gary Staab’s sculpture “New Heights” comes to the Library

The name of the sculpture, “New Heights,” was submitted by community member Norbert Wenzel
during the naming contest in 2019. World-renowned artist Gary Staab is a Grand Island
native. He is pleased to be able to bring his crane art to help beautify Grand Island and bring
awareness to sandhill cranes and their migration story.

The majority of the value of this sculpture has been given through a generous financial gift
by the Staab family of Grand Island and an in-kind gift of labor by the sculptor. The Grand
Island Public Library Foundation has conducted fundraising efforts to provide the seating wall,
electrical, landscaping, taxes, and other related expenses necessary for completion of this landmark addition to our community’s quality of life amenities.

A community-wide dedication ceremony will be held September 24th at 5:30 P.M. at the Grand
Island Public Library. The public is encouraged to attend.

“New Heights” by artist Gary Staab

Crane Sculpture to be installed at Grand Island Public Library

August 19, 2021 10:00 am

The name of the sculpture, “New Heights”, was submitted by community member, Norbert Wenzel during the naming contest in 2019.  Artist Gary Staab, is a world-renowned artist and Grand Island native. He is pleased to be able to bring his crane art to help beautify Grand Island and bring awareness to sandhill cranes and their migration story.

The majority of the value of this sculpture has been given through a generous financial gift by the Staab family of Grand Island and an in-kind gift of labor by the sculptor. The Grand Island Public Library Foundation has conducted fundraising efforts to provide seating wall, electrical, landscaping, taxes, and other related expenses necessary for  completion of this landmark addition to our communities quality of life amenities.

A community-wide dedication ceremony will be announced once the sculpture is in place. Follow both the Library and Foundation’s social media channels to follow the project as it is installed and for the latest on the pending dedication ceremony.