Preparations are taking place for the opening of the River Center Branch Library


The moving in process has begun at the River Center Branch Library.

Movers began bringing furniture into the library last week.

That process is continuing today along with the building of book shelves and pressure washing of the sidewalk in front of the library.

Angelle Carter is excited about it.

“It’s really big and it’s like really modern. I love how it kinda has an overhang and everything,” Carter said.

The four story building had some challenges during construction. In 2018, work on the building was delayed after its support beams snapped, causing concerns that the building could collapse.
It was supported by hydraulic jacks for months, with barricades put up for safety. Repairs cost about two million dollars to put the project back on track.

“With any building project, especially one of this magnitude, there’s gonna be issues that come up and we just power through them,” Mary Stein, Assitant Library Director, said.

Stein said the library will be high tech with the traditional books and computers, but it will also have a makers space, podcast area and studio.

Stein said, “It’s a phenomenal space. It’s so lively. It’s warm. It’s welcoming. It’s not a cold sterile building at all.”

Carter agreed.

“It looks homey. It looks new, but homey at the same time.”

There is no specific date yet for the opening because there are minor finishing touches to be made inside the library. It is expected to open this spring.

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