On Monday morning, employees of S.T. Construction and Crown Electric, both from Terre Haute, prepare the ground next to the original library for the foundation to be poured. Workers at the job site confirmed the mild winter has helped keep construction on track.
The cramped quarters of the annex building has curtailed some activities at the Brazil Public Library, but not the excitement of library staff and patrons as construction crews continue work on the $1.6 million renovation/expansion project.
"The walls will go up in a couple weeks ," Director Jill Scarbrough told The Brazil Times in a Monday morning interview.
With 50 new patrons applying for library cards during the first month of 2006, the annex building can get busy very quickly.
"It's a little tight in here at times, but we're managing," she said.
All activities, except the adult Book Club and children's' Story Hour and Summer Reading programs, have been halted until construction is completed.
"We will have the Summer Reading Program, only without the afternoon programs," Scarbrough said. "There's just no space here to have them, but children will be able to read for prizes like usual."
Space will not be a problem when construction is completed. The library renovation will add approximately 7,000 square feet to the facility.
With plenty of room for creative ideas, the building will have new improvements such as an elevator to allow handicapped individuals full access to the library, new bathrooms, an audio/visual room and expanded book sections and a Genealogy Department.
Intense cold weather and previous commitments to other jobs by construction crews has slowed the project slightly, but the mild winter has kept the delays to a minimum. The renovation, which was expected to be completed in August, is now projected to be finished in September.