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In 2016, the Lillie M. Evans Library District will embark on a construction project that will expand the library space.  Accommodating community needs has been a driving force for this project.  A new addition will address some of the needs that have arisen in the last decade by focusing on the children’s programming and community programming needs. (Read more…)

 


Outline of Planning 

    • 2008: Purchased adjacent 219 N Walnut property
    • 2010: Long Range Planning—focus group priorities indicated that 10 of the 22 participants wanted to see a library expansion project within 3 years
    • 2011-2013:  Library spaces rearranged and repurposed
    • 2014: Building program developed to:
      • Indentify strengths/weaknesses
      • Prioritize additional community needs
      • Assist future architects with space needs in architectural terms
    • 2015: Architect hired – Donald Westlake lead architect
      • Due to poor repair and incompatibility for library expansion, 219 N Walnut building demolished
      • Design of expansion using Building Program completed
      • Furniture plan completed before blueprints proceed
    • 2016: Funding sources
      • Library reserves
      • Library tax levy
      • Grant for $125,000 awarded from state funds administered by the Secretary of State and State Librarian
      • TIF funds--$25,000/year for the remaining life of TIF District 1 (2028)
      • Loan from local bank
      • Donations
    • 2016-2017: Construction
      • Bid documents completed & building timeline prepared
      • Bids advertised
      • Bid accepted from Bishop Brothers, Inc.
      • Insurance policies in place
      • Excavation and compaction started October 3, 2016 (pictures)
      • Groundbreaking - Tuesday, October 11, 1pm (pictures)
      • Building permit authorized 11/8/16
      • Underfloor plumbing & electrical rough-in 11/19/16
      • Pour the slab 11/22/16
      • Firewall cinderblock up 12/9/16
      • Complete hardened space walls pictures (December 2016)
        Wood framing & addition enclosed pictures (December 2016-January 2017)
      • Roof trusses and framing complete (February-March 2017)
      • Interior walls framed (March 2017)
      • Ceiling gypsum installed (March 2017)
      • Interior walls erected 
      • Interior electrical, HVAC, plumbing installed
      • Roofing complete
      • Drywall installed
      • Firewall and fire alarm system installed
      • Flooring and painting complete
      • Adult materials and shelving moved
      • Children's materials and shelving moved
      • Old children's area where shelving was located was repainted, flooring was installed, and the children's mural framed
      • DVDs moved and counters installed in old children's area

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 Next steps: 

  • Baseboards installed in old children's area
  • carpeting for new children's area repaired and installed
  • Punch list complete
  • Open House - Monday, October 23 4:30-6:30pm

  Donations are being accepted for the construction project 

 

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