New Library

As we get settled in, we continue with improvements.

Local artist, Jessica Holeman, donated her talents to brighten up our children’s center with a one-of-a-kind mural.  It includes 103 references to classic children’s stories in it.  We have a list that patrons can use to try and locate all 103 references.  It’s proven to be a lot of fun for everyone!

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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.

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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!

And then packing it all up commenced:
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First of all, final photos of the old Library taken from the Circ desk:

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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!

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Laying out selves (1)laying out lines for adult book shelves

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January 18th: carpet is in and the remaining fixtures are going in!

IMG_1488IMG_1489IMG_1490IMG_1483January 15th, 2016:  The lighting is in!


Interior Women's restroom Dec 30Interior Women’s restroom


Another shot of the children’s area. Look at all of that room!IMG_1073

Standing from near the entrance and looking west. Where I am standing is approximately where the circulation desk will be located.IMG_1074

Looking towards the northwest corner. You can see another storage room. Long tables will be in front of this window and stacks will be in the left of this picture.IMG_1075

Standing near the computer stations and looking to the west window. This area will be filled with stacks and tables. IMG_1076
The southwest corner. This will be the Teen’s area and you can see a storage room as well.

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You can see the genealogy area in the left corner. Where the man is standing is where the computer stations will be located.IMG_1079

The Teen area, in the Southwest cornerIMG_1082

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Looking towards the east side of the Library, into the Children’s area. The Circulation desk will sit where the sawhorses and trash can are now.IMG_1084

Area for Memorial Wall in the entry. IMG_1085Standing 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!


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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.

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IMG_5554 FullSizeRenderThe above pics were taken on October 2nd.

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Interior before roof

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Thursday, August 20th

Framework start of

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Tuesday, August 18th

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Caney bricks that were salvaged from the old City Hall were repurposed to be used on the new Librarybefore contstruction 4Before Construction began

Groundbreaking ceremony

Ground breaking Ceremony

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

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.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.

Libraries are the heartbeat of every community.