Grand Island Public Library will hold groundbreaking ceremony for renovation project

Grand Island Public Library (NTV News)

The Edith Abbott Memorial Library in Grand Island is inviting everyone to take part in a groundbreaking ceremony at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, July 24.

The City of Grand Island says the ceremony will kick off a construction project approved by the Grand Island City Council in June.

According to a press release from the City of Grand Island, Mayor Jeremy Jensen will have the honors of wielding the shovel used by President Theodore Roosevelt during Grand Island Public Library’s 1903 Carnegie Library groundbreaking.

They said after remarks and the groundbreaking, festivities will continue indoors for refreshments provided by the Library Foundation.

The city says there will also be tours and additional information about the areas to be renovated including a new entrance plaza with outdoor Children’s Discovery area, changes to meeting rooms and the creation of a Meeting Commons reserved for informal “meet-up” uses, and creation of a high-tech Makerspace with Digital Media Lab adjacent to a refreshed Teen Area.

The library will also provide information about how the library will be accessible during the project scheduled to start Monday, July 30.

They said the front entrance will be fenced off and patrons will be directed to the Children’s Area doors on the south side of the building for entry and exit sometime after the groundbreaking.

Public parking will be located on the south side of the parking lot with temporary ADA spaces.

The City of Grand Island said the library will remain in opened, with a few exceptions, during the renovation project which is expected to be completed by January 2019.

This event is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, contact Steve Fosselman, Library Director, at stevef@gilibrary.org.

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