LAMPASAS — Huddled over a stack of books, librarian Christen Bishop worked to shelve the volumes in their proper spots at the Lampasas Public Library on Friday afternoon. In the back section, she nodded to the courtyard where the new library addition will go.
“It’s very exciting. We’re getting an extension on the building so we’ll have more room, and we’ll be able to get a few more books in,” she said.
The Library Foundation of Lampasas and the city will team up to fund the $300,000 renovation, which will break ground in June.
The foundation raised the majority of the money for the project, said Sheryl Hausmann, foundation president. The city will contribute $100,000.
The renovations will include 700 square feet of extra space, new flooring, window treatments, roof repairs and up to nine new computers, she said.
The renovations are a result of 13 years of foundation members’ fundraising efforts and a few large donations, she said.
The current section used for adult fiction will be turned into a meeting room, said Shanda Subia, the library director. With the new meeting room, Subia hopes to get more of the youth involved as well as other community groups.
“Libraries are changing. That’s the thing now, not all libraries are research libraries or academic libraries where people are quiet. ... We want it to be kind of a community center where people can gather,” she said.
The majority of residents sitting in library chairs and perusing books Friday were in favor of the improvements.
“I know people say, ‘Oh, libraries are obsolete now,’” said Nancy Crow, who was looking for an audio book to check out. “But people come in here from all ages.”
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