The Board of the Columbia Public Library is pleased to announce that they are set to break ground for the expansion of the Library that marks the official kick-off of a $2.5 million expansion project. The community is invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library, 24 South Sixth Street, Columbia, PA 17512. The public is also invited to remain after the ceremony for light refreshments, tours of the existing library, and interactions with the project team.
Since its humble beginnings on Second Street in Columbia, to the existing building that was built in 1960 on South Sixth Street, the Library has been an integral part of the community. The last expansion occurred nearly fifty years ago in 1973. Patrons have long enjoyed an array of programs and services including children’s programs, job fairs, GED tutors, computer instruction, and family fun nights. Steady patronage of these and other programs has created a need for increased and updated library space and services. The expansion will allow the Library to re-position itself for the next 50 years while respecting the rich heritage of the community.
Library Board President, Jeanette Sherk, reflects the unanimous enthusiasm of the Board in moving forward with the expansion, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a positive impact on the community while providing renewed and expanded resources for our patrons!”
Libraries of today are multidimensional, incorporating flexible spaces for community gatherings, meeting rooms with integrated technology, high-speed internet access for patrons who prefer the use of e-readers, and traditional book access for those who prefer a hands-on experience or need access to special collections available only in hard copy. The project will provide for an expanded children’s area, enlarged circulation area, vibrant center for community gatherings, handicap accessibility, enlarged areas for new books, as well as additional space for increased program growth, enhanced support facilities for staff, defined spaces for treasured artwork displays, and a reading terrace overlooking the neighboring Locust Street Park.
The expansion project has generated spirited support from the community. According to Leo Lutz, Mayor of Columbia, “A Free Public Library serves as a cornerstone to the educational and informational needs of every successful community. The Columbia Free Public Library offers many educational and informational services for residents of all ages. The Library is truly a valuable resource in Columbia.”
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