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."