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Week 21! Goodness if we aren’t chugging along on our train tracks with the end in sight!
As impressive as the outside is looking these days, the biggest improvement this week has been on the inside. The foam insulation has been finished and the drywall is coming up. The inside is looking more like a proper building each day!
There is obviously still a good deal of work to do (painting, flooring, etc) before the building is finished, but this baby step to the bigger building seems like a big one!
Also exciting was the installation of our overnight book drop.
Put right beside the automatic door, this metal beast will be able to handle even the biggest of materials!
Also, as a bit of a surprise, library staff collected items and papers about locals and created a time capsule to be opened at a later date. This packet will let everyone in the future know what life was like when the library was first built.
Can I just say this is my favorite picture of the new library so far? It has been 20 weeks since construction began on October 4 and the results so far are fantastic.
This week the brick laying continued and is coming along at an amazing pace. The painters also showed up, giving us an amazing photo of both sets of work in progress.
As many patrons noted, this week also saw the installation of the windows.
While most of the windows around the building are small (to allow for more shelf space for all those lovely items to checkout) the front and back windows are set to be fairly large to let in a lot of light. They are simply beautiful and we at the library cannot wait to see them next to the brickwork.
Perhaps the most exciting thing this week was the installation of the foam insulation (try saying that tongue twister!) Sadly, we weren’t able to get any pictures due to the amount of debris that occurs when it is blown in. But this material is sure to keep our building warm in the winter and cool in the summer which is always good with Texas weather!
Lake Whitney Public Library (LWPL) now offers the latest version of LearningExpress Library, an online test preparation resource for academic and career development. This resource can be used to practice for the GED (including the new GED exams for 2014), military exams (ASVAB, CFAT, etc.), career exams (law enforcement, MTEL, EMT, CDL, and more), or work on improving their math, writing and grammar. You can even find help in changing or careers by creating your own resume and cover letter, and searching their database to explore potential career options.
Patrons who used Learning Express 2.0 will need to create a new account on the redesigned site. Learning ExpressLibrary 3.0 is available to library users now, by going to www.whitneylibrary.org and clicking on the Learning ExpressLibrary banner on the right hand side.
Some weeks at LWPL, its like talk of the new library is the only topic of discussion; whether is talk of the build site, what services we’re going to have, and how great the parking is going to be (seriously amazing for those still curious). This was definitely one of those weeks.
While early in the week saw little external progress beyond the final pieces of roofing being added…
…There was much going inside! The door and window framers have been hard at work and its really starting to show.
The buildsite also had a visit this week from building inspector Edwin Snellgrove.
It is good to see that the inspector was pleased with the progress we are making.
Many patrons were surprised on Friday to see that progress was not only happening at the build site. The brick layers are coming next week, which means our electric door had to be moved before they began their work! The wonderful folks at Door Control Services came out and moved the electric door from the old building to the new.
We’d just like thank the professional and quality customer service provided both over the phone and in person. It was a real treat to work them.
Of course, this meant that without a door, the library was getting rather chilly! But never fear, the awesome workers from the City of Whitney (aided by library director Denise Carter’s husband Jack) were quick to help board it up.
And finally, let no one think that our library foundation and director get a weekend off! This morning at 9 o’clock, they were in attendance for the ceremonial “dumping of the stone”.
All-in-all it has been a very productive week. Let’s look forward to the next being the same!