BUENA, Wash.--For the past 8 years the Friends of Buena Library have been raising money to build a new library, and they finally got enough to get started. Groundbreaking for the new building took place Wednesday at the site of the current library in Buena.
Work is scheduled to begin this summer on the brand new 2,000 sq. ft. library they hope will revitalize the community and provide a safe area for local children to learn and hang out.
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and United Builders of Washington were 2 big donors that made construction possible. They hope to finish the project by 2012.
Organizers say it's important to have a place in the town for people to get together.
"This is the only facility for the community, in the community. We have no schools, we have no parks, we have nothing in this community except the library. And it is the hit," said Doris Miles, V.P. of Friends of Buena Library.
So far they have raised $205,000 but are still looking more to reach the $250,000 needed for the whole project.