Following the Common Council’s unanimous vote last week to accept Gilbank Construction’s bid for the library’s renovation, work is scheduled to begin mid-April on the first and second floor.
To maximize efficiency and lower project costs, construction will be done on both floors at the same time. To accomplish this, the library will move out of the first floor to its temporary location in the building’s lower level.
The library will be closed from Friday, March 25 through Sunday, April 3 to facilitate the short timeline to vacate the first floor, and the library will reopen on Monday, April 4. The UW-Shakespeare program will still be held on April 2 at 1:00 at the School District offices at 448 E High Street.
The temporary library will open on April 4 with regular library hours. Parking will be available in the Davis Street parking lot behind the building. Limited space will be available in the library’s High Street lot. Patrons will use the back door from the Davis Street lot to enter.
The temporary library will offer many of the current services, including public computers, a selection of the most popular titles of books and DVDs, proctoring, and computer classes. The library will continue to hold childrens, teens, and adult programs at a near-by location.
The expanded two-story library will be completed by the end of the year and will include features for the entire community. A children’s museum-quality exploration center, a makerspace for all ages to create and explore science, math, arts, and technology concepts, a hi-tech conference room for local organizations and businesses, and much more.