Madison County Public Library News

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Getting it under roof

Our building is really revealing its shape. Workers are putting the last pieces of sheeting on the outside of the building. The shape of the building is now clear.

From the roof, the top of the entrance stands out. This building will be very different from the box structure of our former library.

Looking down into the building, the size and layout becomes more apparent. High ceilings and skylights will be quite different from what we've known before.

Our chilren's area will be located beneath this arch. the youth librarian's office will be at the back.

Our Teens will have their own area next to the children's

This is one of the last photos taken of the open sky through the support beams.
As of October 24th, the ceiling is nearly completely covered.
Once the rain subsides, our site manager says that we shall begin to see the exterior block going up very soon.

Monday, October 08, 2007

More progress

The exterior framing is nearly complete. Work on interior walls has begun. It is amazing to think that only months ago, there was nothing here but an excavated hole in the ground.

Front Foyer area

This project has come so far and it will not be long before preparations will be made to move everything back to Chestnut Street and begin a new chapter in the story of the Madison County Public Library.

Main Area

The completion date for this building is a mere five months away. At that point books will be moved, offices packed and unpacked, and phones connected. We will prepare our Berea Room, Theatre Room, Community Room, Reading Deck, and other areas to accept our patrons once again.

Reading Deck

Friday, October 05, 2007

Hey, What's That Overhead?

The first thing that I noticed today was a rather large crane moving steel overhead. Upon closer inspection, I realized that they were placing roof supports. Now that fall is here, being able to work "under roof" is increasingly more important. The building had seemed small before. The roofing beams force our eyes to separate building from the expanse of sky. The dimensions of the building seem much larger now that floors, walls, and roof are in balanced perspective.

More has been done to the exterior walls as well. The building is becoming progressively less amorphous. I can now tell where windows will be, and the interior size and boundaries are now more obvious.