When the financial problems of the Greenwood Public Library became acute, the public stepped up with support, both in terms of volunteer labor and monetary donations.
The biggest single financial boost came from a talk by former Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight. It was organized by retired National Basketball Association stars Tom and Dick Van Arsdale, who grew up in Greenwood.
The Knight to Remember fundraiser brought in about $60,000, library director Cheryl Dobbs said. The library has been putting that money toward fixes it hadn’t been able to afford before, including a drainage project to stop flooding in the children’s department offices.
The library still has a number of major maintenance projects coming up, including a heating and air conditioning system that likely will need to be replaced in the next five years. Library officials are working out how to pay for those projects, Dobbs said. The library has been saving money for upcoming projects and unexpected repairs and also has been pursuing grants and donations, she said.