The Texas County Library system plans to relocate and expand services available at Summersville after winning grant funds for the project.
Library Director Audrey Barnhart said a $336,565 project that includes relocation to a bigger building on the south side of the Summersville square, expansion of the structure and remodeling got a big boost through the award of federal funds available through a Community Development Block Grant.
The library board, the City of Summersville and the library foundation have been working to greatly expand services in the library that lacked adequate space to even place bestsellers on the shelves. More books, the latest in computers and display areas will be featured at the new location, which will more than double the floor space.
“It’s so bad at Summersville. There isn’t even a place for the employees to eat their lunch. The microwave is in the bathroom,” Barnhart said.
The building is owned by the Roger Kirkman family, whose donation of a portion of the purchase price made the project possible. The library will contribute about $63,000 of cash and in-kind services for the project. The grant totals $241,610.
The library recently acquired shelving from the bankrupt inventory of Borders, which had a location at Springfield. They are stored in space donated by Houston businessman David Adkison of Houston.
The expansion will occur south of the acquired building. It will include a space for a break room, heating and cooling equipment and bathrooms.
Before work can begin, plans will need finalization, bids sought and an environment assessment is required, Barnhart said.
Integrity Engineering of Rolla is the engineer.
The award of the money comes just as the library won about $27,000 in a grant that will place 21 new laptops and software, six desktop computers and monitors, eight uninruptable power supplies, firewalls and wireless systems. The library will contribute a match of 25 percent, Barnhart said. The new high-tech gadgetry will begin showing up at branches at Houston, Licking, Cabool and Summersville.
The project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the office of the secretary of state.
The organization also paid for the addition of a new medical book collection and award books at Houston totaling about $5,350.
Improvements also have been made at the Licking library branch. Renovations overseen by the Friends of the Library and the library board made more space available for computer users and resulted in improved shelving and new chairs.
Changed at 3:59 p.m. Aug. 4, 2011, to reflect a different award amount on collection grant.
The City of Summersville, Texas County Library Foundation andTexas County Library worked on the $336,565 project to bring a newbranch to the eastern Texas County community.