Thousands of books at the Hood River County Library have to be packed up and moved for pending construction — and their temporary housing couldn’t be more convenient.
On June 17 the county will close a $1.7 million deal with Sprint for purchase of the Dean Building on the corner of Sixth and State streets.
The 33,000 square foot structure is sited less than one block away from the existing State Street library. June Knudson, county librarian, said the public will be called upon to help box and haul library materials after the community corrections crew finishes building shelves on the first floor.
She said even the 7,300 square feet of available space is not enough room for all of the library’s reading selections and staffers are now storing oversized books and some of the lesser read collections.
The temporary quarters are expected to be used for about 10 months and an Empty Building Party is planned by the Library Foundation at the existing facility on June 22.
That event (details to be announced later) will offer music, magic and fun for all ages in a farewell to the historic edifice that will be overhauled during a $4 million renovation and expansion project that begins in July.