Thursday, July 28, 2005

Library Building Set to Open Later this Year

As the opening of the completed New Castle-Henry County Public Library approaches, work on the project is moving at a brisk pace. The library is set to be finished by the end of this year, and plans for a grand opening are underway.

A focal point of the new library will be the main entry. This atrium will join the Carnegie library with the other renovated portion of the library to the new addition. Marked by large windows and a set of doors accessible from 15th Street, the atrium will welcome patrons into the library with its spacious, high-ceilinged corridor. This atrium will soon be visible, as the steel will be erected in the next few weeks.

The roof on the corner building is nearly complete, and masonry contractors will be on site soon to lay the exterior bricks. Drywall for the interior rooms in this section will soon be installed.

Work also continues on the new addition, as finishing touches are made. Wood trim is being installed on the metal railings, further improving the look of the new addition. The work is being done at night, in order to avoid interference with the operation of the library. The fireplace log inserts have been installed, and the fireplaces will be ready for use during the chilly days of fall. Work is underway for the glass wall that will contain etchings of various Henry County symbols and historic events. This wall will be located on the east side of the Indiana Room.

"I believe the new library will be a building that celebrates both the past and the future," said Jan Preusz, Library Director. "It will be a community enhancement that citizens can be proud of for many years."


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