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Move unites school and public libraries in unique Alta facility

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

The construction of the Alta Public Library and Middle School Library has been delayed until later this fall.

The move, which combines the public library, middle school/elementary library and high school library under one roof, could be opened in mid-October after construction delays postponed the library's planned completion. An open house is being planned.

"We're in the process of blending three houses together," said Ila Galvin, the Elementary School librarian and art teacher. "You have to shift the pieces of the puzzle together until they fit."

All of the books and materials from the Public Library have been moved into the new building, and now they just need to organize. "The only room we have for the As is in the Zs," Galvin said.

Several projects are still in the works. The library is still waiting for the doors to arrive, which were expected last week. While it only takes a couple of hours to install the doors, it takes another two weeks for final finishing of surrounding ceiling and floor.

The library is also waiting for the electrical hook-ups for the computers.

"We are a modern library and if we don't have electricity, we can't function," Galvin said.

Once the building is finished, Galvin said the doors will be opened the day construction workers allow access. There will be several improvements made, once those doors are open.

The library will have longer hours, open at least from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on school days and may possibly stay open as late as 7 or 7:30 p.m. They will offer a larger collection of books and materials and there will be more groups and programs for the public to get involved with.

The Public Library will now be automated, and the elementary section, which was closed in the summer, will be open year-round.

"Things are going to happen and they will be great," Galvin said. "Change is sometimes difficult, but good things come from change."

Alta School Superintendent Fred Maharry said the new library will help get more people involved and interested, and he said he expects it to be up and going by mid-October. "We're pushing the construction people as hard as we can," he said. "Things are getting done."

He said he appreciates all of the hard work done by the library board and the librarians.

Volunteers Harold Karstens and Jerry Kleinman coordinated the moving of heavy material. Gully's Lawn Service offered equipment and long trucks. Glen Bauer made the "beautiful" shelves. And student members of the Alta Honors Society helped move books, Galvin noted.

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