Bids will be opened Friday, July 29, for a major renovation and expansion of the Texas County Library branch at Cabool.

The project — which includes about 1,600 square feet of additional space — was approved Friday by the Texas County Library Foundation. Integrity Engineering of Rolla is the architect.

Plans call for a major exterior makeover that will include brick and stone on the front of the building and interior changes that result in additional space for patrons.

Financing of the project comes from a $250,000 Community Development Block Grant, private monetary donations and funds from the foundation and the Texas County Library system. Additionally, the project was approved for more than $97,400 under the Neighborhood Assistance Project, which gives donors 70 cents in state tax credit for every $1 donated. The contribution can also be deducted from federal tax returns. To learn more at the tax credits, contact Molly Shelton, library director, at 417-967-2258.

A sound wall also is included to block noise from a nearby railroad track.

Work is expected to take about seven months. 

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