It's a dream that's been several years in the making, even though it almost was nixed at one point.
Nevertheless, Saturday, April 12th was a day of excitement at the Quincy Public Library as the executive director announced renovation plans.
Nancy Dolan said the library had three major needs that needed attention -- a new H-V-A-C system, a centralized circulation desk and more parking.
KHQA's Jarod Wells checked out those plans to show you what they mean for you.
The Quincy Public Library has, for the most part, remained the same since it moved into this location in 1974. But that's about to change 35 years later. The library applied for and received $5.5 million dollars in Recovery Zone and Economic Development Bonds last year. The Quincy Public Library also was one of two libraries in the state to win a $125,000 Live and Learn Construction grant -- all to be used for facility improvements.
How are these renovations going to make a visit to Quincy Public Library better?
Quincy Public Library Executive Director Nancy Dolan said, "It will just be a lot easier to get in. Everything is on one floor, one circulation desk."
Parking will be the most noticeable difference. There will be 103 spaces compared to the current 27. New construction will add about four-thousand square feet, for a total of 44,000 square feet.
PSBA architect David Schlembach said, "What's unique about this new piece of construction is that it logically joins an existing building on York Street as well as the current library in this direction. What this will provide is better sight lines of the patrons as they come in, better sight lines into the children's area as well as the adult area."
The renovations include a drive-up book pick up and drop off; a new HVAC system and handicapped accessible bathrooms. Some services will be moved around, so the library won't be able to offer as many programs during construction.
Dolan said, "During renovation we're going to be pretty cramped, that's the biggest thing. Just bare with us through the construction and when it's all finished it's going to be great."
The library expects to start construction on the more than $5.5 million project August 2nd, 2010 with completion slated for March of 2012
In honor of National library week there will be events going on all week at the library.Tuesday Technology Test Drive Get hands on experience with exciting technology offered by the Quincy Public Library Tuesday, April 12th from 12 p.m.- 8 p.m. Library staff will walk you through utilizing innovative services such as text reference, downloadable audiobooks and even remote database access. As a special bonus, we will giveaway a 2GB Flash drive every hour during the Open House! Wednesday Grow @ Your Library Gardening Series On Wednesday, April 14th, Quincy Public Library will kick-off the Grow @ Your Library Spring Gardening Series with a Growing with Seeds workshop led by local Master Gardeners Liz Hooton and Marian Wyse at 6:00 p.m. in the Quincy Public Library Meeting Room. Learn important tips for starting seeds indoors and direct-planting outdoors. Participants will have the opportunity to make seed tapes to take home and use; plus learn about heirloom seeds and the Seed Savers Exchange. Thursday Teen Poetry Slam Teens will have a chance to showcase their talent at the 12th annual Teen Poetry Slam at 6:00 p.m. in the Quincy Public Library Annex. Teens are invited to compete with other teens by sharing their original works of poetry. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: 7th through 9th grade and 10th through 12th grade. First, second and third prize will be a given in each category. Teens are invited to enter this time-honored contest and let their voices be heard! Friday Leo's Open House
Friday, April 16th from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., kids are invited to come to Leo the Library Lion TMs Open House and see his new furniture! Leo received new furniture this week thanks to the generosity of many local donors and the Mary Weems Barton foundation. Stop by for snacks, catch the 10 a.m. puppet show, and browse the Children TMs Department.