North Conway Library to briefly close children’s room

 

CONWAY — Construction is moving along swiftly at the North Conway Library and, in order to complete the next phase of construction, the library’s children’s room and teen corner will be closing next week for about six weeks.


Next Tuesday is the last day to check out books and DVDs for children and teens.


The basic structure of the new addition, which nearly doubles the size of the library, is almost done, Library Director Andrea Masters, announced Thursday, adding it is now time to break through the walls in the library’s children’s room and the local history balcony, which will also be temporarily closed. During the closure, the library is offering extended loan periods and allowing people to take out more items than usual.


Masters said, “We don’t want anybody to be without books or DVDs, so please stock up on books and DVDs for the time that our children’s room is inaccessible.”


In fact, people are encouraged to “get plenty books and DVDs. It’s a win-win for everybody: you have enough books for your kids and teens on hand and we don’t have to box them,” Masters said.

“All items will be due back only once when we are open again – which is expected to be early May,” she said.


Masters also recommends to preschools and home-schoolers to check their curriculum and get their books soon. Volunteers are needed to help with boxing up books in the children’s room on Wednesday, March 18, starting at noon.


“The boxes will be stored in the children’s room during construction so that there is no moving of heavy boxes, just putting them into boxes,” Masters explains.

Anyone who can help with the boxing should email Masters at andrea@northconwaylibrary.com or call the library at (603) 356-2961.

 

The expansion and renovation project at the library is on schedule under construction management of Bauen Corp. from Meredith and HEB Engineers. The leading architectural fi rm is Lavallee Brensinger.

 

The library has worked to have as much of the construction as possible done by local contractors. Local contractors on the project are Gordon T Burke of North Conway; Firm Foundations of North Conway; SD Szetela of Glen; Granite State Glass of North Conway; DW Electrical of Conway; Gaynor Heating & Cooling of Conway; and HarMac Rebar & Steel of Fryeburg, Maine.

 

The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of summer or early this fall.