Fraser Library annex closed through Wednesday
“It’s like a building project just dropped in our laps again,” said Mary Anne Hanson-Wilcox, director of the Grand County Library District.
Only a few years ago the Library District finished a major construction campaign that included both the Granby and Grand Lake libraries.
Now, since Feb. 3, repairs to the Fraser Library from a frozen pipe breakage have confined services to a space usually reserved for library staff, referred to as the annex.
In the cozy space, six public computers are available along with wireless access, and patrons can pick up materials ordered online.
And all of the library’s contents – library books, shelving and furnishings – were packed up and taken to a “warm warehouse” in Denver, owned by the company Great Plains Moving and Storage, which came to aid the library after the Granby bulldozer incident of 2004.
Painting and replacement of carpet at the Fraser Library is nearing completion, which means all shelving and the thousands of books, as well as furniture and other library furnishings are planned to be moved back to the library on April 11, according to Hanson-Wilcox.
Then library district staff and contractors will have about one month to install shelving and place each library book back in its proper place. The restored library with full services is scheduled to open in early May.
“We feel very sorry it was closed for a big chunk of winter,” Hanson-Wilcox said, adding that when the Fraser Library reopens, “it’s going to be in great shape.”
The Library District already had budgeted new paint and carpet for the Fraser Library, originally scheduled for work during the summer, which would have caused a library closure. “The Fraser Library had not had its carpet replaced in 15 years,” Hanson-Wilcox said.
“The building had been caught up sitting and waiting while buildings in the central district were being built,” she said,
But because of the February pipe burst, which damaged interior materials such as ceilings, drywall and carpet in the Fraser building, the District is moving funds from carpet and paint and putting them toward uninsured improvements.
While the carpet was up, as much as $14,000 of budgeted funds were redirected to expanding the availability of electrical outlets and accommodating future technology and added computers, said Hanson-Wilcox
The library will now be prepared for more public computers in the future, and is ready for more wireless use with added wall and floor outlets for patrons to plug in their laptops. More outlets were also added to the meeting room.
A “few new window coverings” were added to the project as well.
The annex will continue to provide limited services until the library doors reopen, with annex closures in the upcoming week for restoration projects. The Granby Library is continuing to welcome patrons during Fraser’s closure.
Because of improvements taking place now, the Fraser Library will not be closed during the summer, Hanson-Wilcox said.
– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603.
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