April 14, 2008 - The Handicapped Access and Mezzanine projects are close
to completion. By the end of April, the elevator will be installed and
work will be completed. The exterior work, roofing, landscaping, and
paving should be finished in May or June, depending on the weather.
We have added a 15' addition to the back of the Library and a new entrance
on the North side of the building. The front entrance will still be used
by most people, we think. There will be a new after-hours bookdrop built
into the new entranceway. A small handicapped parking area will be made
just across the bridge.
The addition houses a large handicapped-accessible bathroom, a staff
and multipurpose room, storage areas, and stairways to all levels. The
elevator will have four stops (the basement area and children's room,
the new entrance level, the existing first floor level, and the mezzanine
level.) You will notice that the woodwork throughout the new addition
matches the existing woodwork. Wherever possible, we have made the addition
match the existing structure.
The Mezzanine floor, as you can see in the photo, is built above the
current fiction shelving area. It will house the collections and computer
workstations for young adults. There will also be tables for meetings
and study on the Mezzanine, which adds about 25% to our current stack
and reading areas.
The basement floor has been reconfigured somewhat. There is a new fire
escape exit on the south side of the building and the stairs to the Children's
Room are now in the new addition (behind the fiction shelves). The Children's
Room is getting new carpet, paint, and will be reconfigured to allow
wheelchair access around tables and stacks.
We have a plan to reconfigure the main reading rooms, as well. Expect
there to be a more open feeling, with more seating for casual reading
and study. The large-print collection will be on more easily-accessible
shelves. There will be a new room for the genealogy collection with its
own reading area. The Director's desk will be out in the main reading
room, close to the reference collection and more available to assist
There will be an open house and tours of the building during the Blueberry
Festival to celebrate the completion of the project and to thank those
who have made contributions of money and other support along the way.
Please watch the paper and festival brochures for details on the celebration.
During construction of the Library in 1916.