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December 9, 2010

A place to explore new worlds

If you haven’t been there lately, Sunday afternoon might be a good time to stop by the Logansport-Cass County Public Library.

The library recently wrapped up more than $850,000 in renovations, and officials have scheduled an open house Sunday to show off the results.

The library has much to be proud of.

For one thing, the project came in more than $20,000 under budget even though engineers had to address some structural issues to protect the building from damage caused by seismic activity.

According to the library’s director, David Ivey, the building is much stronger now than it was before.

The remodeled library includes a new computer lab and magazine and reading area upstairs, and it features a more open concept with improved lighting. The structure features higher ceilings, natural lighting and more seating.

Outside, the library has a new employee parking lot, a limestone sign, a security camera, a new front door, a new bike rack and new landscaping.

The library stayed open throughout construction. Temporary walls were built to shield the construction noise but patrons still had to deal with the smell of sealant and dust from cutting concrete.

The result is that usage is down about 2 percent compared to last year, but library officials are hoping that the number of library users will increase now that the renovation is finished.

A library is a community gathering place, a place for young and old to satisfy their thirst for knowledge.

It’s a place to develop a love of books, a place to curl up in a corner and enter a whole new world. It’s a place where you can travel thousands of years into the past or hundreds of years into the future just by opening the cover of a book.

It’s a magical place made even more welcoming by the recent renovation project. Stop by on Sunday to take a look.

And go back often.

 

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