By Garrett Estrada
Ely Times Staff Writer
The White Pine County Library is closing in on securing the final funding it needs to go ahead with its proposed $750,000 renovation that would expand the building and relocate the main entrance.
A letter drafted by the Library Board of Trustees for Foundation Trustees detailed the various additions the 4,200 square-foot expansion would include to the county library.
“The one level expansion project would include additional office space for University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, three study rooms, bathrooms and a multimedia equipped conference room to accommodate approximately 75 people.”
The letter also said the expansion would move the front entrance to the North-East side of the building facing Aultman St. and would offer “improved handicap access.”
The library’s Executive Director Lori Romero said that she is working with a foundation in Reno to secure the final $150,505 the project needs to move forward. Romero said she would not reveal the foundation she is in talks with until their agreement is finalized. She said that the extension is “not going to add books” but instead increase the usability of the space.
“It’s going to open a lot of opportunities, whether it’s educational or for programs in general,” Romero said.
The news comes just as the library is getting ready to launch a six week long campaign to get people to come out to see what the library can do for them. Each week, the library will host a different event, with prizes donated by local businesses. The campaign all leads up to National Library Week, which starts on April 13.
Library employee Valerie Flannery said that goal of each event will be to get people to come inside and explore the library, as well as have a bit of fun.
“The first one is going to be the Cat in the Hat. We are going to hide ‘Cat in the Hats’ all over the library. We are trying to get more of the community to come into the library and see everything we have to offer,” Flannery said.
Other events lined up include “what and where” pictures that challenge participants to find hidden items and trivia. The library will cap it off with book and bake sales during Library Week, as well as a mysterious grand prize donated by Romero.