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STAMFORD, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The Stamford Carnegie Library, originally built in 1910, has been an important part of the Stamford community for over 114 years, serving its residents in many ways. However, the library’s services have outgrown the capacity of the current building, and more space is needed.

The building still stands and has changed little in recent years. Ann Pippin, the library director, has converted the building for the community.

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“They’re less about books and more about the community. That’s how libraries stay engaged. Because books are digital today, libraries have to change, get up to date and become more community-focused,” Pippin said. “We have laundry, soap, diapers and baby wipes. If someone needs something, they can come get it.”

Pippin mentioned that the community response to the new programs has been great. Now a bigger and nicer space is needed.

“Right now it’s all just in the basement and we’re just working out of there where we’re building out a room. I mean, right now I have 70 people downstairs for the zoo and there’s not enough room for everyone,” Pippin told KTAB/KRBC.

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Pippin has already planned the new $9.5 million renovation project and hopes to create more space and serve the community more.

“The interior will be completely gutted and brand new. Our basement will be a children’s area. The ground floor will display fiction and nonfiction for young adults and adults, and then there’s an event center where we can host 50 to 70 people at a time,” Pippin explained.

Pippen began fundraising three weeks ago and has raised nearly $20,000. To donate, you can mail a check to 600 East McHarg Stamford, TX, 79553 or donate online.

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