This week, behind the temporary wall in the main library wing, Construction Manager GE Johnson installed large glass-pane windows in the west reading room in the main library, as well as on the south wall, facing the Virginian Lane lobby entrance and the new Youth Wing. Everyone can be excited about the abundance of natural light these new windows will provide once the renovated space is completed - perfect for studying, working on your personal computer, or reading a newspaper or a glossy magazine.
Installation of a gas fireplace in the west reading room is complete and the finishing work, which includes a tile facade, is underway. A fireplace will create a welcoming ambiance with lots of Western charm - especially when the temperatures drop below freezing.
Construction crews busily framed out, sheetrocked and painted the soffit that encloses the HVAC ductwork on the south wall during the final days of October. Patrons have been able to hear progress being made in the staff workspace under renovation. (We’ve got ear plugs available at the main desk if it gets too loud; just ask!) Now staff is in the process of relocating to the freshened-up space - moving computers and work stations over the course of the week of Thanksgiving.
Coming up next: The new auditorium, which has functioned as temporary housing for collections and staff since the main wing addition has been open for occupancy, will finally be getting the star treatment, starting the last week in November. Finishing touches include new flooring and state of the art audio-visual equipment to accommodate the needs of visiting speakers, educational programs, organization meetings and more.