As we get settled in, we continue with improvements.
Local artist, Jessica Holeman, donated her talents to brighten up our children’s center. Not only did she repaint and brighten up the chairs, she has created an amazing, one-of-a-kind mural for us. It includes 47 references to classic children’s stories in it. We have sheets that we hand out to patrons so that they can try and locate all 47 references. It’s proven to be a lot of fun for everyone!
We are thrilled to watch the building progress on our new library!
February 9th, 2016: We are fully in and open to the public!
We still have lots of things to complete… shelves to switch out and things to be hung. But we are in and fully operational. And so, so happy to be able to bring such and amazing and welcoming place to our community.
Our view from the new Circ desk is amazing!
And then came time to break down and move our old Library. We had an AMAZING group of volunteers to do all the heavy lifting and transporting. What a time that was!
First of all, final photos of the old Library taken from the Circ desk:
We can’t help but to drive by and ooh and ahh over the changes. The building is quickly taking shape and our excitement grows daily!
January 18th: carpet is in and the remaining fixtures are going in!
Standing near the computer stations and looking to the west window. This area will be filled with stacks and tables.
The southwest corner. This will be the Teen’s area and you can see a storage room as well.
Area for Memorial Wall in the entry. Standing inside the front doors looking into the Library. Memorial wall is to the left, bathrooms to the right. the hall you can see to the left is an entrance into the Learning Center.
All above photos were taken on Dec 22nd.
Update: December 7th, 2015: A lot of the current work is finishing work that is not as apparent. To date, the inside is being painted and dropped ceilings and cabinets are going in soon!
All photos from here on up were taken November 20th, 2015
These photos were taken November 12th, 2015.
The above photos were taken October 17th.
Interior before roof
Tuesday, August 18th
Caney bricks that were salvaged from the old City Hall were repurposed to be used on the new LibraryBefore Construction began
We will be closed from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2nd
to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for our new library!
Please come join us–we are serving cake and Punch
We have received our timeline from the Architect for our new Library!
Project Out To Bid Monday 2/16/15
Receive Bids Tuesday 3/17/15
Start Construction Monday 3/30/15
This could change slightly but these are the dates he is shooting for. The construction time should be 6-7 months so that gives us an idea of the date we can occupy the building.
John E. Heckman, AIA
Heckman & Associates, P.A
.3*11*09 An update–The Can-Kan members have been working very hard to raise funds for the a new Library. We are now looking to change to a simpler floor plan, as well as checking into what it would take for a metal building. Our CKD President, Joan, has a new motto–Failure is *not* an option.
The Can-Kan Dreambuilders, Friends of the Library Group, has been fundraising for a little over two years now with the intent to build a new Caney City Library. The existing library collection has outgrown the present building.
They have recently hired Heckman and Associates as the architects. The City of Caney has been very beneficial with this project as they have set aside the lots (location of the old City Hall) at the corner of 5th and State for the new building. Can-Kan members are working with the City’s grantwriter to apply for a matching grant.
The Library will use approximately 6,964 square feet for the building on an area of over 18,000 square feet.
Some features of the new library will be:
*An expanded collection of books–The existing library collection has outgrown the present building, and has to be weeded out every year to allow room for the 800-1000 new books purchased each year.
*Full access for all community members-The present library does not meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) requirements. Some people are being denied access to this public, tax-supported institution because they can not climb steps or walk short distances. The new library will be handicapped accessible, with ample parking.
*An expanded collection of DVD’s and audio books.
*Greater technology access.
*Expanded staff work and office areas-Staff work space is currently non-existent and there is no storage space.
*Access to warm water for a healthier, cleaner environment-The present library has no hot water tank, nor room for one. All clean-up is done with cold water.
*A convenient book drop-This will be via a drive-thru area where books can be deposited. As of now, stairs have to be climbed or a distance has to be walked in order to drop them off.
*Bathrooms will also be a “safe” area for 30-35 people in case of storms.
*The genealogy area will have a microfilm viewer. Necessary resource books will also be available. This quiet area will be convenient and practical. We have Caney Newspapers on microfilm from 1855 to the present.