Hot Sulphur library reopens following reconstruction
February 14, 2018
It is now safe to write the date on your calendar in ink. The Hot Sulphur Springs Library will be holding the official re-opening party on Feb. 28. Join in the ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m., enjoy snacks and enter the month long prize (many prizes) contest with the drawing to be held March 28. The library opened for business on Feb. 14.
The re-construction has been underway since a water line burst in the ceiling during an unexpected cold snap in Oct 2017. The resulting water damage, was concentrated over the circulation desk/office area in the center of the floor space. Luckily the vast majority of the collection: books, dvds and magazines were unaffected. These were quickly boxed up and placed in storage. The re-construction project then sat for a frustrating few months while the insurance company assessed the damage. When the green light was given for the reconstruction to go ahead, it was an opportunity to realize plans which have changed the look and feel of the building.
Matt Sutton, director of facilities said, "Back in the spring of 2017, we ran usage surveys and discussed plans to redesign the interior of the Hot Sulphur Library. We planned to create a space which would reflect the changing needs of the community and the ways patrons are using library buildings"
"By consolidating the area around the circulation desk, we have opened up more space to work, gather for discussions, and spend quality time. We want folks to be comfortable and feel like they can relax in a welcoming space," Sutton said.
"It is new environment, but in a good way," one library patron said laughing. She said she loves the new openness of the space.
The doors were opened as soon as possible on Valentine's Day, while library staff continued with the final touches. Library services: material pickups, checkouts, computer access, copying services, preschool story hour are now back in place during the Hot Sulphur Springs library hours on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The celebration and grand opening is two weeks later when everything is in place on Feb. 28.
"It's very important for the people of Hot Sulphur to have their place back," said Emily Pedersen, branch manager. "And reading is so important. The kids have been missing their library. They love coming here when they get off the school bus."
Many thanks to those who helped make this possible: the wonderful staff at Rocky Mountain Catastrophe, the Hot Sulphur Town who immediately stepped up to provided space for programs, the library staff who went above and beyond by volunteering their time to meet deadlines and the community of Hot Sulphur who lent their encouragement and support.