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Time-Lapse Video of Drilling

One of the most watchable recent events at the library has been the drilling of 27 giant holes in the north lawn. These 30-foot-deep holes will be filled with a concrete mixture and serve as piers to support the new two-story addition. A giant crane was brought in to do the drilling and we had a great time watching through our window. We are also very grateful for the precision and expertise of the crew. One false move and things would have turned out very differently for the audience.

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March 11 Building Update

Building progress has increased with the warmer and drier weather, and the relocation of utilities on the south side should be completed by the end of the week. Piers to support the new structure have been installed on the north side, and work has begun on the foundation. The north and south doors of the atrium are closed temporarily, although we anticipate that the south side will be open again in 2 to 3 weeks. The north side may be closed longer because the work area is tight.

Staff have reviewed plans for the interior layout with the architect and will be working to choose furnishings. We are also planning to rearrange materials into neighborhoods like Folklore and Fantasy, and Transportation, but will still retain the Dewey system.

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North Atrium Doors Closed

Starting Monday, March 10th, the north atrium entrance to the library will be closed so that construction crews can work in that area. Please use the southwest entrance by the Tech Center to enter the building. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we appreciate your patience as we grow!

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Construction Update February 18

picture of building face with stone removed

The warm weather in this week’s forecast means we can continue moving forward with construction. Facing on the north side of the building has been completely removed and the rock is being hauled away. Once the space has been cleared, the crew will start work on the building pad.

On the south side, the window well that used to lead to the basement has been filled in and digging is set to begin this week. Utilities need to be re-routed before concrete can be poured for that new building pad. The crew has to dig down 14 feet, lay new utility lines, disable old lines, and then connect the new ones. Hopefully, utility service will not be interrupted.

Parking is still a bit scarce. It is a good idea to allow extra time if you are attending an event at the library. Thank you for your patience.

photo of digging machinery and workers at the front of the library

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North Facade Coming Down

The weather has finally warmed up enough for outdoor construction to continue. Today, the Kelly Construction crew is working on chipping away the stone façade on the north side of the building. It’s noisy work, but well worth it.

For now, storytimes are going well in the lower atrium. We hope people enjoy the sound of children’s & parents’ voices singing occasionally throughout the morning. We have an average of 160 children per week who attend storytimes. Yesterday (Feb. 10) 37 children and 25 parents came to the Toddler Move & Groove Storytime! It was very full, a little hard to hear, and impossible to walk, so we are really looking forward to that new storytime room!

The Neighborhoods Team had to reschedule their visit to Topeka Shawnee County Public Library because of the snow. We plan visit with their staff about their neighborhood arrangements and tour their children’s room.

Staff also met with architects from Bowman Bowman Novick to discuss furniture and shelving options for the children’s room after expansion. There are so many great ideas! We will be working on a shelving and furniture plan, and exploring options for carpet, paint, and other interior aspects.

Thank you for your patience while we grow!

two workers using tools to chip away stone facade

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close up photo of a 3 foot hole in the stone facade

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Expansion Update

children digging with red and yellow shovels

Cold weather has delayed construction projects all around town, but next week you may see some activity at the Manhattan Public Library. Warmer weather is required for utility relocation on the south side of the library. There are several utilities that must be moved before work on the building pads and foundation begins. Crews are working on steps that can be done now, and soon you will see work on the stone facing on the front of the building to prepare for the north addition.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the groundbreaking ceremony on January 25 a fun and successful event. The auditorium was packed with people. We were fortunate to have good weather, and a musical performance by Anne and Pete Sibley made the day even more special. The children from Northview and Woodrow Wilson Elementary Schools who helped dig the first shovels of dirt, were a wonderful reminder of why we have worked so hard to get this project off the ground.

Read Karen Sarita Ingram’s article in the K-State Collegian

two young children wearing hard hats and digging at the groundbreaking ceremony


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Construction Begins!

Happy New Year! It’s 2014 and contractors are preparing for the library expansion. Construction will begin in the next week or two and work will generally occur between 7am and 3:30pm. The project is scheduled to be complete by the end of the 2014. Temporary fencing will be in place throughout the year to allow space for construction equipment and for public safety. The fencing will affect parking along Poyntz Avenue and some parking in the south lot.  We apologize for the inconvenience with parking during this time.

Plans are also underway for a ground breaking ceremony on Saturday, January 25 at 1:00 p.m. Please join us in the auditorium for words of dedication from Brice Hobrock, Manhattan Public Library Board President, and John Matta, Mayor of the City of Manhattan. We will then move outdoors to the lawn area facing Poyntz Avenue where Jennifer Adams, Children’s Department Manager, and children from Northview and Woodrow Wilson Elementary Schools will dig in with ceremonial shovels.

Additional parking for the ground breaking is available at Colony Square, located at Houston and 6th street.  If the library is closed due to severe weather on January 25th, the event will be moved to February 1st.

Updates and information about the project will be posted as work progresses.


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Expansion Proposal Passed in City Commission

An agreement between the City of Manhattan, the Library Board of Trustees and the Library Foundation passed the City Commission on March 26th. Now we can begin work with the architect to develop design plans and schematics in order to proceed with construction bids. The next city commission will need to approve financing options and award the construction bid. While we don’t have the exact schedule yet, we expect the project will be ready for bidding mid to late summer.

Thanks to your tremendous support, the Foundation is able to commit $800,000 toward the project. Keep watching this web site. There will be an opportunity for you to review plans and comment on the design and development of your library.

Linda Knupp
Director, Manhattan Public Library

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