Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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March 20, 2013

Greenup library on target for July

GREENUP — Workers have been battling the weather but construction manager Matt Brown expects the new Greenup County Public Library will be completed by early July.

Library director Dorothy Griffith is a bit skeptical of that target but anticipates at least an early fall opening, she said Tuesday.

On the outside, the new main library is under roof and the brick surface finish is almost complete on one of the four walls.

Inside, drywall has been installed and will be painted in mid-April, Brown said.

Windows are expected on site for installation in about a week.

The most striking features of the 100-foot by 45-foot main stack area are the six wood trusses holding up the ceiling. Weighing three tons apiece, the trusses were built in Knoxville, Tenn. of solid fir, Brown said.

Roof panels are expected on site later this week and should be up within a week.

Work has continued through weekends and holidays to get the job done on time, Griffith said.

The building will provide more than twice the space of the current library, including more than twice as much space for the genealogy department, one of the most popular and intensely used parts of the library, Griffith said.

The large meeting room with partition will enable two meetings at a time and will be equipped with a kitchen.

The children's department will have a steamboat theme and a teen area will be decorated appropriately.

Completion of the library will come none too soon for patrons who are using materials at a record pace.

The county system, which also includes branches in Flatwoods and South Shore, reported record circulation in the 2012 fiscal year of more than 250,000 items.

The total includes books, CDs, DVDs, and other items, including bookmobile checkouts, Griffith said. "It indicates we are doing more all the time that people don't realize. Some people think the library and the book is dead, but it's not."

Griffith believes the new building will spur continued circulation growth.

MIKE JAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.


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