Crete holds book brigade

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Book brigade

Crete city council member Dale Strehle receives the last leg of the book brigade in front of the new facility.

Members of the community, students of Crete Public Schools and public officials lined the snow and ice-covered sidewalks for seven blocks for one reason on Monday - to pass two books from one building to another. 

The two books, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay by Robert Dawson and The Library Book by Tom Chapin were passed from hand to hand as the group made its way from the old Crete Public Library to the new library building located on 15th Street and Forest Avenue.

The Crete Public Library held the book brigade as a symbolic gesture to commemorate moving from the old building to the new facility.

Each book had a go-pro video camera attached to it to capture each person helping to transfer the books. 

The video will be posted on the Crete, Neb. social media pages.

The old public library was open for its last day on Friday and will be closed during the transition to the new building, which will be open to the public on Jan. 27. 

The new library project began in May 2018 as a $5,559,000 bid from Sampson Construction that would, in time, be a 20,000 square foot facility which will feature youth and adult technology spaces, a separate community room that will also serve as a storm shelter and a new park outside of the building.