Carbondale celebrates construction of new library with groundbreaking Saturday

CARBONDALE, Kan. – Plans are in the works for construction of a new library at Carbondale. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, at the library’s new location across from Carbondale City Hall at Third and Main streets.

The new 6,000-square-foot library facility will increase seating from eight to more than 100 people, and provide areas for quiet study, group meetings and community events. It will offer multi-purpose programming space, including a kitchen, suitable for classes. It will provide much-needed space for lifestyle enrichment programs for people of all ages. The accessible layout, designed by Treanor Architects, will accommodate physically handicapped patrons and parents with strollers. The contractor, Shirley Construction, plans to begin excavation in February, weather permitting and the goal for completion is August 2020.

“This new building is made possible by funds raised from our ‘Raise the Roof’ campaign that we started in 2016,” said Kandy Hinck, campaign chair. “It has truly been a community effort and the funds have been raised through the efforts of a number of organizations and individuals.”

She said the new library will serve as a community hub for after-school and summer reading programs, provide computers and internet access, and will have room to expand the materials collection.

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