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December Construction Update

by Alphild Dick, Adult Services Librarian

We now wrapping up the final stages of the Children’s Expansion Project, and while each step has been exciting, it seems like all of the fun stuff came in at once! If you’ve been in the library, you might have seen some of the exciting additions to the Children’s Room. If not, we’d love for you to come and check it out!

Last Wednesday, we got truckloads of furnishings to be added to the Children’s Room. We could hardly wait to start moving it all in!

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Some of these new items included spiffy tables and chairs, and some very, very cool interactable furniture. We are in love with the cool colors and fun textures–they make the Children’s Room look so lively!

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We also received new shelving for our interactive items and signage with beautiful, bright pictures for the different neighborhoods in the Children’s Room. We were

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Thanks to a skilled team of workers, everything was assembled and hung on the wall quickly, including our lovely donor wall.

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That meant more time for people to come in and start testing things out, from climbing on the foam blocks to sitting on our comfy new seats to studying at the tables and playing with the fun toys.

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Thanks to everyone in the community for their support and enthusiasm! If you’ve got any questions about what comes next, just let us know!

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Furniture and Signage is Arriving!

This week, the Children’s Room will be getting new signs to help customers locate our books and media, and to identify the new “neighborhood” sections.  New tables and chairs will be arriving, along with some fun, comfy seating and playful pieces.

Most of the new furnishings will  be installed on Wednesday and Thursday.  The Children’s Room may not be accessible during all open hours on those days.

Come by this weekend to see the transformation!

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Progress in the new space

Stop by and see the progress in the north addition to the Children’s Room!  Carpet is down in this area, and temporary shelving has been set up so we can move some books out of the current space for the rest of the carpeting.  The new area will be open to the public in a few weeks while renovations in the old room are finished up.  We can’t wait for kids to try out the window seat!

windows and carpet

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September Construction Update

The Children’s Library is really shaping up! Everything is still on schedule to be completed in mid-December and the big party will happen on January 17, 2015–unless we’re in the middle of a giant snow storm, that is. (And if that’s the case, come out and party with us the following Saturday.)

exterior of new construction

Flooring and lights have been installed in the storytime room. We have visions of sweeping up glitter, laughing when kids spill glue, and running around like very happy librarians with space for all the kiddos, parents and strollers who come to storytime.

Rachel in the storytime room

New furniture has been arriving by the truckload. We’re unpacking very cool, blue, kid-sized chairs, giant pillows for the window seats, new storytime rugs, and puppet trees. Stay tuned for the play house, loft, and funky couch that will be arriving soon.

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We also have a big stack of new computers to install. The new space will feature twelve brand-new computer stations with touch screens. Parents will be pleased to learn that each station has a 30 minute time limit. If no one is waiting in line, kids will be able to stay for an additional 30 minutes, however, the timer is also pretty handy for parents who want to say, “Okay, time’s up. Let’s go read a book outside!”

Laura with new computers

Which brings me to the patio and garden space. The fence is up and plants will be arriving soon. The big patio will let us hold storytime out in the sunshine and the sturdy fence will keep kiddos safe from cars.  We’ll have some very nice tables and chairs in place so you and your children will be able to relax enjoy a good book outdoors throughout the day, too.

patio as seen through the storytime room doors

Librarians have been organizing the children’s books into neighborhoods. Miss Rachel announced yesterday that she labeled the very last book! Here’s a preview of how things will look on the shelves. We hope books will be even easier for you to find.

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Staff have been given a sneak peek of the new spaces and “ooohs and aaaaahs” were heard from everyone. Architects and construction crews have done a fantastic job creating a new children’s library we can all be proud of.

staff in the new library

Thank you for all the patience and support! I think you will be very impressed with the finished product, and I think kids are going to have a lot of fun reading at Manhattan Public Library.

If you have any questions about the project, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (785) 776-4741 ext. 125 or kidstaff@mhklibrary.org.

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Record numbers for storytimes!

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Ms. Rachel reads to a fun crowd last Thursday.

Our fall semester of storytimes is off to a great start!  Our first storytime on September 8 had 56 children in attendance, a new record for us.  Due to our construction project, the number of weekly storytimes is reduced from previous semesters, but we will do our best to fit everyone into our temporary storytime space in the library’s lower atrium. It may be a little crowded, but it is still tons of fun!  Check out our storytime schedule, as well as some special events we have coming up.  We welcome new families to our storytimes each week, so please come try it out.  No registration needed, and it’s always free!

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August Construction Update

By Danielle Schapaugh, Public Relations Coordinator

The year is flying by and the children’s library expansion is flying right along with it.

The limestone masonry that defines so many of the beautiful buildings in Manhattan is almost complete. It is impressive to see how quickly this talented crew can make a wall out of a pile of stones. They have been able to match the existing structure perfectly!

stone masons building limestone wall

Soon, only the interior work will be left. Paint colors are being selected and the new carpeting should start to arrive in September.

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Erin Wages, the interior architect, is creating a fun and welcoming space for kids and parents. The wall of windows and window seats are sure to be big favorites.

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I could only get access to the second floor space. The windows on the first floor look just like this, only lower.

Staff in the children’s department have chosen some fun colors and patterns for the furniture and flooring. They’re currently test driving chair samples to make sure everything will be comfortable. I’ve noticed people taking their breaks on the new chairs, so I think we’ve found some winners.

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Amber demonstrates the extreme comfort.

Choices are being made for the garden, too. I’ve heard talk of a Walking Stick Tree that may be planted soon. What a perfect spot to sit and read Grimm’s fairy tales!

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Contorted Filbert aka “Waling Stick Tree” photo courtesy of www.treeplanter.com

Patrons and donors have given so much support to the children’s library expansion project, and you are all invited to the grand opening celebration that is planned for mid-January. In the meantime, feel free to stop by to see the progress (and check out a few books and movies while you’re here).

If you have any questions about the library or the expansion project, please contact us at 785-776-4741.

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Construction Halfway Point

By Danielle Schapaugh, Public Relations Coordinator

Construction is going well and the project is starting to move indoors. Windows will be installed soon, and the roof work is almost completed, just in time for the warmer weather and some wild storms. The expansion is on schedule to be completed in December and we hope to have the grand opening celebration in January.

Here are a few photos from a perspective the public doesn’t usually get to see.

If you have any questions about the construction project, please contact us at kidstaff@mhklibrary.org.   old storytime room mid-construction We’ll call this one “before.”

roofers covering project in the rain What do roofers like less than heat? Rain!crane lifting new HVAC onto roof

This way! The new HVAC system was hoisted into place by crane.Roofers from Topeka worked hard to get the job done. The roof was finished very quickly, once the rain stopped!

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Letter from the Director – Children’s Library Construction

two men putting steel ibeams into place on the north side of the libraryIt’s finally spring! While it may look like work on the expansion of the children’s library just popped up like a crocus, construction crews have been on the job for the past four months in all kinds of weather. The early stages of site demolition and utility relocation are complete, and the foundations have been poured. The south entrance is open again, with a new sidewalk.

If you drive by, you will see the steel construction, defining the outline of the new space. Soon the frame will be covered with the exterior sheathing and masonry. Some of the activity will move inside during late June with work on electrical and mechanical systems. Late summer to fall, interior walls will start to go up, along with some furnishings. A few of the supplies and materials in the children’s room will need to be moved or shifted temporarily during this time, but we anticipate that the room will still be open for use, as the work progresses in phases from one end of the area to the other. Library staff have been meeting with the interior architect to finalize the layout of furniture and fixtures. We are particularly excited about the new larger storytime room with multi-media equipment and the adjacent garden. “Neighborhoods” in the collection will create interesting area for books and materials, with features for learning and play.

man pouring concrete at the library with snow on the groundWe want you to know that things are progressing well and you can see the impact all the community’s contributions have made. Additional information will be posted as the year progresses and the project nears completion. If you have any questions, please contact me.

-Linda Knupp
Director, Manhattan Public Library

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Construction Time-Lapse Video April Update

Kerry, the Manhattan Public Library’s IT Department Manager, has been documenting the construction of the new children’s library using time-lapse photography.

Watch amazing footage of the north and south side expansions as the steel I-beams are installed and the new storytime room’s foundation is poured. From our vantage point on the third floor, this looks like one giant lego project!

Stay tuned for more video updates as the construction progresses.

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