Jackson, WY- Teton County Library’s addition and renovation is almost complete. To put the finishing touches on the project, the library will have a two-week construction closure from Jan. 1 through Jan. 16.
The library will close early at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 and remain closed through the New Year’s Day holiday and the two-week construction closure. The library will reopen at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 17.
“When we reopen, the community will find a fabulous new space to sit and read with large windows bringing in lots of natural light and providing that connection to the outdoors we crave,” said Library Director Deb Adams.
During the temporary closure, workers will be finishing a variety of projects: a larger auditorium; a cozier reading room; a new computer lab; a public art installation and a permanent nook for the ever-popular booksale organized by the Teton County Library Friends.
The library’s volunteer group, the Friends, will begin accepting book donations at the library when the library reopens Thursday, Jan. 17. On that day, the Friends will also open the Friends Book Nook, a combination book sale and coffee cart so patrons can sip some tea or java while perusing books for sale. The booksale raises money for the library and recycles favorite reads in the community.
A combination of public and private funding has made the library addition and renovation possible. Voters approved the Specific Purpose Excise Tax, beginning in 2008, to pay for the project; the Teton County Library Foundation has raised money to contribute a margin of excellence beyond what public dollars alone could provide. In the library’s Main Wing, for example, donations have made it possible to include a fireplace and locally-made, craftsman-style furniture in the reading room.
“It will be a lovely, warm and inviting space to settle in with a book and to hold small literary gatherings,” said Missy Falcey, Executive Director of the Library Foundation. “Donations to the Foundation take an already great library and make it an exceptional one.”
Indeed, Adams said: “This project has been a great partnership between public and private funding to create an extraordinary center for information, life-long learning, literature and community.”
Private dollars also are funding state-of-the-art audio visual equipment; public computers for adults, teens and children; acoustical tiles for good sound attenuation in the auditorium; and more comfortable seating in the reading room and auditorium.
Crews have installed new carpet and a dividing wall in the library’s revamped auditorium, which is nearly finished. The newly installed dividing wall will allow community groups to split the room, which seats 125, into two separate spaces for simultaneous use, doubling opportunities for community groups to meet at the library. Outside the auditorium, crews will be finishing a new gallery space for exhibitions – one of the projects that will be completed during the temporary, two-week closure. In addition, workers will install a substantial piece of public art, underwritten by private donors, in the library’s lobby.
What’s more, thanks to our Teton County Commissioners, Library Board and staff, Teton County Library will now restore three hours on Saturday mornings, opening from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., beginning Saturday, Jan. 19.
The library will celebrate with a Grand Opening Event on Thursday, Jan. 31., from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., offering a complimentary lunch, library tours, live music and an official ribbon cutting to celebrate this revitalized and expanded community space.
“We do expect that there will be some fine-tuning over the next sixth months to a year,” said Dail Barbour, Facility Manager. “When you change a building this much it changes the dynamics. We’ll watch how the public uses the new space and make adjustments.”
Architects on the library project are Gilday Architects with Humphries/Poli Architects, and Construction Manager is GE Johnson.
Services & Programs During the Closure
Although librarians will not be available for reference help or other library services during the closure, patrons may access many online resources via the library’s website, TCLib.org. Use your library card number and PIN to access library databases and your personal library card account; download books from the library’s ebook collection; and read staff reviews. Some library programs will continue at off-site locations during the closure, visit our online calendar, TCLib.org/calendar, for event details.
No checked-out library materials will have due dates during the closure except for interlibrary loan (ILL) materials borrowed from outside of Teton County. ILLs may be returned at any time in the library book drop, located just outside the library entrance. The library will temporarily halt ILLS from Dec. 22 through Jan. 14 due to the construction closure.
For updates and information about this project, visit: http://www.tclib.org/addition and http://www.tclib.org/calendar. Follow us at http://www.twitter.com/TetonLibrary to get last-minute construction updates via tweets or like us on http://www.facebook.com/TCLibrary to get weekly construction and event information. You can also sign up for our monthly events e-calendar, which will include important construction dates and closures at http://www.tclib.org/enews. For construction questions, call Dail Barbour, Facility Manager at 307-733-2164 ext. 121 or Deb Adams, Director at 307-733-2164 ext. 128.
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