The construction equipment outside the library shows the heavy-duty construction taking place.
Community members are excited for the library renovations.
By: Audrey De Howitt
The Richland County Library on North Main is the first branch of Richland libraries to be renovated since voters passed a bond package back in 2013.
Children from the nearby Arden Elementary joined community members and library faculty for a Wall Breaking Ceremony at the library on Monday morning. They knocked down a wall of small toy bricks to kick off the expansion.
Then, faculty and staff picked up real hammers to break a main wall in the library’s foyer. Cheers erupted from the crowd and showed how excited and ready everyone was for these renovations.
Richland Library Executive Director Melanie Huggins was not only excited for the turnout but also to show the community these renovations were not just talk, they were becoming a reality.
“It’s really great to actually have something to show today. To show plans and say, ‘Look, we’re really on our way with construction’,” Huggins said.
These renovations will give this library an additional 2,000 square feet of children’s space, and Huggins says this is why they chose this location as the first to be renovated.
“The kids from Arden Elementary are why we do what we do. They are in the neighborhood, they live here, they walk to this library. They are really special to us. The whole community is a special community,” Huggins said.
This library will still be available while construction is underway for the next few months. A Learning Library Cottage will be right outside where people will have access to free Wi-Fi and can still check out materials.
You can visit the library's Flickr Page to follow construction and renovation photos.
Visit the library's website for more information about the library’s status and how to stay involved.