I believe that this may be one my last reports to you fine library patrons! We're nearing the completion of the building project and are anxious to get back into our regular "homes" again.
As you can see, progress is astonishing. Photo 1 shows the new Main Desk area. All of the service desks are being custom build to suit our library needs. This area was orignially the wall separating the old Children's Room with the fiction stacks. Hard to believe, isn't it? Behind the service desk is a small workroom where staff can work on projects and spread out a bit!
We've been saving these last two photos for a rainy day...and we haven't had one for quite some time! But today's the day! These are sure to put a smile of anyone's face.
Photo 2 is the unrecognizable Program Room ceiling that has been covered since 1970. It miraculously stayed intact and we are excited to announce that we're restoring and keeping this ceiling. Everyone who attends an event held in the Program Room will be able to enjoy this architectural treasure.
Photo 3 showcases the Reading Room ceiling, finally exposed after 45 years. It is in the process of being restored to its original grandeur. Before the 1970 renovation, the ceilings were painted with black paint (perhaps to help with lighting...we aren't sure) and then a drop ceiling was added. A very skilled team of workers stripped the paint and beautifully upheld the integrity of the wood. Now patching, sanding and varnishing are being completed. We can't wait for people to view this ceiling in person.
As a reminder, we will be closing again November 1st to complete the phase II final move of the library. Please click here for more information!
Signing off for now,
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The holidays are over and 2016 has begun! Only 10 more months until your new library is completed! I had the opportunity to visit inside the new building a few days ago. As you can see, the addition is almost completely enclosed and walls are starting to go up.
Picture 1 is looking towards the first floor bay window. This area will have lounge seating and house the nonfiction collection. This area will also have six internet access computers and three word processors.
Picture 2 is taken from the new Children’s Room on the second floor. The windows are perfect height for kids to explore the outside world! And a little easier for me, Bookworm, to see out of of!
Picture 3 shows the new Community Room in the lower level. The Community Room will be available to rent and can seat up to 115 people. We hope that the community will want to host special events and lectures in this beautiful new space!
Picture 4 is a glimpse of the facade. As you can see, we’ve matched the color and block size of the original building. I can’t wait to see the decorative trim and finishes come Spring.
Your new library is taking shape! Hopefully we’ll continue to have good weather and the workers won’t get too cold. Have a good new year and I’ll report back to you next month!
From the Desk of Bookworm
Bookworm is on the move and keeping tabs on our Building Project. Check back with him for project updates and lots of photos!