Ross Johnson photo Schell Creek Construction frames the library expansion.

Ross Johnson photo
Schell Creek Construction frames the library expansion.

Progress proceeds steadily on the White Pine County Library’s renovation and expansion project. On Jan. 20, renovation began on the library’s bathrooms, as did construction on the conference room’s expansion and the addition of three new offices and two study rooms, which will be used by the University of Nevada’s Cooperative Extension office.

“It’s been a long road getting here,” Library Director Lori Romero said.

Romero first started her search for expansion funding in 2011. A total of 2,120 square feet is undergoing renovation in addition to 1,755 square feet of additional construction, the cost of which totals at $747,000.

White Pine County paid $350,000, which is 47 percent of the total. Romero raised the remaining $397,000 soliciting donations from private foundations and corporations. The library also held fundraisers, earning an additional $7,850 for new furniture and window coverings.

Romero is happy with the progress made by Schell Creek Construction, but they lost some days due a heavy winter snowfall. The projected completion date is Aug. 1.

“But we’re hoping for sooner,” Romero said. “It’s a local project with local interest.”

Construction will start next week on the addition of an outdoor amphitheater on the east side of the library.

“We want that done by June,” Romero said.

June will also herald the opening of the library’s summer reading program, which is divided into six age groups from two to 18 years old. This year’s theme is “Get Ready, Read,” focusing on books about sports and physical activities.

“We’re really excited,” Romero said. “It’s a great opportunity to get more programming. To see it finally happening is exciting for us. We’ll have a grand opening when everything is finished.”