That facility is larger, but Ballou said the books in the old downtown library were moved without having to remove them from the shelves.
“We never took them out of order while we moved them,” she said. “In the case of this library, everything was randomly boxed up so we started from scratch.”
There is more to opening a library than moving books. Workers are putting the final touches on the installation of 48 public computers and another eight for use by children. The move-in effort has been all encompassing for staff with several coming over from other branches to help out.
“It has been a huge team effort,” Ballou said. “We've had everyone involved from maintenance to IT to librarians. Everyone has pitched in. It's been amazing.”
Ballou said the library will kick off its May 22 opening with a ribbon cutting. There also will be a reception with live music. And the library's kids programs will kick off immediately with programs like puppet making, Lego robotics, critter tales, a pianist and Gustafer Yellowgold, a multimedia performer.