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Tour of New Richland Library

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RICHLAND, Wash--  The Richland library first broke ground on construction two years ago.   Now, it's just nine days away from a grand opening. 

KNDU got a tour of the new $17-million building.  There's still a lot of work to be done.  But with a little imagination, the new library looks promising. 

"We gutted her," says library manager Ann Roseberry.  "We took her down to the slab and the brick walls."

"The glass is what I call magic glass.   It deals with heat and UV's.  You are going to see mass new shelving, full of books.   We will have added roughly $60,000 worth of new books that will all say 'opening day collection.'"  

"This is the story circle, and for people that know the Richland library, we've always had a story circle.  Today, we are unpacking 90-some computers.  All of the tables you see will be wired and have data connections so you can plug your laptop in.  We've increased our wireless capacity four-fold." 

"It gives us shivers, it really does.   We think it's just awesome.  It's also kind of like a wedding.  You build up to it and there's that day, but then you have the rest of your life."