Construction nearly done at library

Within about two weeks, the Hood River Library staff will move back into the expanded and remodeled building.

Construction work is on schedule for the county to take over the $4 million project on July 1 from general contractor BaughSkanska. The library is scheduled to re-open to the public on July 31.

“It is really coming together,” library director June Knudsen said. “The paint is on the wall, light fixtures for the historic reading room are installed, all ceiling tiles are almost in, and the doors have locks on them.”

County crews are installing flooring in the ground floor staff areas and restrooms, along with carpeting in the community room. The county will also complete the cabinetry that must be installed after the carpeting is in.

Shelving for books, the anchor to any library, will arrive July 8 and be installed that week, and library staff would move into their offices on about July 14. The Dean building library is scheduled to close July 18.

All this leads up to the crucial July 19 “community haul day,” as Knudsen puts it. Volunteers will be asked that day to move boxes of books from the temporary library in the Dean Building, and from storage. Call the library, at 386-2535, to sign up.

Library furniture has been assembled and is waiting in a Portland warehouse, and is scheduled to come to Hood River on July 10.

A library dedication ceremony is planned for Sept. 14.

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