Memorial fund brings in $5,000 for KYL

In honor of their classmate who passed away in 2013, members of the Webster City High School class of 1967 began a memorial fund for Susan Ptacek earlier this year. As Ptacek and her family supported the library, her classmates chose to raise money for that local institution.

On Tuesday at the monthly meeting of the Kendall Young Library board of trustees, Library Director Angie Martin-Schwarze said the fundraiser has brought in about $5,000. The money was earmarked by her classmates to support the Digital Archives of Hamilton County project.

The archives contain several Hamilton County publications from 1857 to 1925 that have been digitized and are available to the public. A Hotel/Motel tax grant awarded to Kendall Young Library helped fund the digitization of The Daily Freeman-Journal from 1923 to 1970. Martin-Schwarze said those publications will be added to the existing database sometime in the next few weeks. After that is completed, she said the fundraiser will help add another ten years of The Daily Freeman-Journal to the website.

“My understanding is this $5,000 will probably get us up to 1980,” Martin-Schwarze said. “So, it will give us another 10 years, maybe more. The contributions are still coming in.”

The archives can be accessed online by going to the Kendall Young Library website, going to the “eLibrary” tab at the top and clicking on “Digital Archives.” Martin-Schwarze said she appreciated the efforts of Ptacek’s classmates.

“I’m glad there’s a specific and exciting project for those contributions to go towards,” Martin-Schwarze said.

Those wishing to give to this memorial fund may do so by sending their donations to the Kendall Young Library, 1201 Willson Ave., Webster City, IA 50595. Please include “Susan Ptacek Memorial” in the memo line of any check donations.

The KYL board of trustees is set to meet next on April 8 in the library meeting room.