"We've been talking about it a lot. We're on top of the world. We're so proud of our board for being bold and courageous enough to adopt the plan and to move forward," says Library Director David Johnson. "We're just looking forward to bringing more space and more materials to the community."
The new 80,000-foot facility will be built on the former City Hospital property, just south of the current library, and will accommodate larger audiences for author readings and other events.
"Whenever we have an author come, like Dave Berry, we have about 600 people here and if people recall Maya Angelou was going to draw close to 2,000," says Johnson says.
The library plans also include additional meeting space and a MakerSpace to include 3D printing and other technology. The expansion should be complete no later than 2018.