Construction at the Bosler Memorial Library continued Tuesday as officials reopened the building after a week of extensive remodeling.
Smiling, but confused, patrons who hadn’t been in the building for more than a week navigated several boarded-off areas and sidestepped construction workers who busily continued work that will completely transform the century-plus old library.
Customers bombarded library staff with questions on Tuesday, mostly about the location of the various sections.
“I’m the magazine man and I can’t find the magazine section,” one patron told Bosler Library Executive Director Linda Rice, who directed the traffic jam at the back entrance of the library, which on Tuesday served as the primary entrance.
For Rice and the staff, it was simple, follow the green stairs to the magazine section and the new releases.
The new and brilliantly designed brick-faced wall housed the large print items, DVDs, and new book sections, while empty walls — which future artwork from local students will eventually adorn — led to the children’s section.
“I guess I should get balloons to place over there,” Rice said, pointing to the entrance to the children’s section, which has been relocated from the second floor to the main floor.
Rice said the library is still raising funds for the project and Bosler has made significant progress toward its goal.
“We are at about $6.2 million, just $300,000 short,” Rice said.
Last week’s closure was done to allow completion of the first of two phases of the $6.5 million overhaul of the library.
Closing the library for the week also was necessary because staff had to move 107,000 books and dismantle and reassemble shelves to hold those books, Rice said.
Tuesday’s reopening unveiled the new South Wing that showed off the library’s stained glass window. Skylights and rooftop windows brightened the inside and added to the beauty of the remodeled second floor.
The east and west wings are scheduled to be remodeled and work is expected to be completed by January, Rice said.
When the project is completed, the grand entrance with a new handicap-accessible entry way will be used as well as a two-story addition to the library in the 100 block of West High Street.
Ultimately, the space will double to about 38,000 square feet and will include an improved children’s section.