Sun Ray Library to close for long-term renovation


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Beginning Monday, Dec. 2, the Sun Ray Library will be closed for many months while the place receives a welcome facelift.

The library is getting a $5.5 million renovation, which will include adding a new facade with more windows, a reading garden, a 24-hour book drop, a new “teen zone” and an expanded children’s section.

The project goes to bid sometime in the month of December, said Rebecca Ryan, the library’s manager. Because a contractor has not been chosen, the re-opening date of the library is unsure, she said.

For now, Ryan said she’s hoping the library will be open next fall.

In the interim, the library will likely provide services out of the nearby Conway Recreation Center. The services available there will be limited to a book drop off and pick up, computer labs and homework help.

Ryan said the tentative plan is for library staff to keep hours at the rec center from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting Jan. 6.

“We won’t have anywhere close to a functioning library at (Conway Rec)”, Ryan said, “but we wanted to preserve what we could.”

Most of the library’s permanent collection will go into storage, although some of it will be at the Hayden Heights library.

By the time the library reopens, Ryan said there will hopefully be a slew of new books -- the library is expecting to get a budget boost to purchase new materials next year.

As far as when the public will be able to see these new materials, time will tell.

— Patrick Larkin
 

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