If you have visited the library lately, you will know that our construction project is progressing rapidly in several areas. In the back of the library, the trucks and backhoes are busy all day bringing in dirt and filling in the new foundations. We even have the rough plumping in place for the new toilet in Children’s.
Watching all that activity is better than watching TV!
Progress of the new Community Room
The rough plumbing for the new bathroom in the Children’s Room.
Inside the library, this area used to house our Local History collection and is now completely different. The walls are gone and the space is open. This area will eventually house our new materials and media. The space even has the finishing touches complete with fresh paint and our beautiful new carpet.
This area used to be the Teen Area and Beginning Readers (BGs) material but will eventually house our new Middle School section for grades 5 to 8.
This is the beginning stages of the Local History Room.
This used to be our Community Room.
What used to be part Community Room and
Craft Area will soon be the Teen Department.
Every day we see more progress!
We are pleased with the results so far. Please stop by and check us out.
Left to right: Jim Becker, Senator Bye, Ted Shafer, Marie Spratlin Hasskarl, Sandra Hierl, Mike Ragaisis, Greg Blackstone, and Joe Desautel
Hello to all my Blog Readers~
We are ready to build a better library and excitement is growing! Downes Construction Company has installed their field trailer. We thank Dwight Harris for his generosity in allowing us to use his field. In a few weeks Downes will be breaking ground behind us. We will be adding a larger community room and extending the children’s department to include a program room for children and teens. We will also have a cool Teen Zone! In addition, we will have a better organized Burlington Room, our local history department. All of our new materials will be available to borrow, while our non-new adult materials will be in conditioned storage. Children’s and teen materials will be available, and we will continue to offer programs. Please come visit us; we will be happy to borrow materials from another library if we don’t have it here. Questions are always welcomed.
It has been a long time since I have written with news about our expansion. We are moving along quite nicely with our plans now that we have worked out all the compliance issues associated with renovating a public space. Downes Construction Company (DCC), our Construction Managers, posted legal notices in the Hartford Courant on January 28 & 29 asking interested companies to submit bids to our Town Hall by 2 pm on Thursday, February 23, 2017.
Once all the bids are vetted, our goal is to start construction in April on the two expanded wings of the library. The next step will be to start to reconfigure the original interior of the library, creating exciting new spaces such as a Teen Room and Study Rooms, while better organizing the Burlington Room, our Local History Department. DCC will work around our needs so as to be as unobtrusive as possible. We may periodically need to close the library for an occasional partial day or days, but our goal is to remain open throughout construction. DCC’s timeline finishes the building by October.
Excitement is growing as we get closer to putting a shovel into the ground.
Below are the plans for the wonderful new expansion. Feel free to ask us questions.
Regards, Marie Spratlin Hasskarl