Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ebooks, Netflix, and Library Building Projects (Part 7, Columbia Public Library)

More space for young Columbia bookworms. (, 4/13/2011)

ExcerptConstruction is expected to finish next week on an expansion of the Columbia Public Library.

"It's creating a bigger space for the kids. We've got about enough room now, but there's no room for expansion," said library Director Erica Pyle.

The project is adding about 40 percent more space to the children's area. The addition will connect the children's room to a study room next door. Brighter carpeting, more accessible shelves and comfortable furniture will also be installed.

Construction started April 4.

It's the latest in a series of renovations paid for by the Friends of the Library, a fundraising group that supports the North Metter Avenue facility. Money came through the estate of Ruth E. Kurgeleis, a longtime library patron. (The private group won't say how much construction costs.)

The project will give the children more space and more light, said Kathleen Habermehl, a longtime member and leader of the Friends of the Library. "The adult part of the library is well taken care of," Habermehl said

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