Work progresses on Mitchell Library

Two weeks ago, the library at Mitchell looked remarkably unchanged from when it was first built. Then, when the remodel project got underway outside, things happened fast to change the look of this familiar building.

Two weeks ago, the library at Mitchell looked remarkably unchanged from when it was first built. Then, when the remodel project got underway outside, things happened fast to change the look of this familiar building.

The remodeling project at the Mitchell Public Library is in full swing. Rusch Construction from Scottsbluff is making big strides to complete the undertaking by the first part of June. Wiring for internet access and other technology is complete. Construction crews are also working on the outside. The front entrance has been updated with expanded polystyrene thermal insulation board, giving a new more modern roofline and making repairs to the roof in the process.

On the scaffolding is Jose Munoz with JM Stucco of Gering, putting insulation board in place. The new look of the library is very attractive.

On the scaffolding is Jose Munoz with JM Stucco of Gering, putting insulation board in place. The new look of the library is very attractive.

Another part of the remodel project is window replacement. New windows will be very helpful in keeping costs down for regular heating and cooling. The old ones were in pretty bad shape. The new windows are metal-clad, which will help cut down on maintenance. The soffitt is now metal as well, so will not need scraped and painted. The library will have a new heating system, newly insulated walls and ceiling and new lighting, which will use LED lights.

The new circulation desk of the library will be on the left as you enter. The children’s area will move from the rear of the library to the front right, where the circulation desk used to be. There will be a more clearly defined computer area. There will be no wasted space when the remodel is complete. In spite of not finding the funding for an addition to the library, donations received are providing enough funding to improve the library a great deal. You will want to keep your eye on this project! It is really going to be nice when completed.

The new circulation desk of the library will be on the left as you enter. The children’s area will move from the rear of the library to the front right, where the circulation desk used to be. There will be a more clearly defined computer area. There will be no wasted space when the remodel is complete. In spite of not finding the funding for an addition to the library, donations received are providing enough funding to improve the library a great deal. You will want to keep your eye on this project! It is really going to be nice when completed.

The working areas of the library have been shifted to better utilize the available space. As funds were not raised to the extent required to build an addition to the library, the monies raised are allowing for the creation of a more modern facility with easily accessed work areas for library patrons. The library is grateful to everyone who helped to fund this project with their donations.

Moving all books, shelving and equipment on the inside has been a big job. Librarian Maryruth Reed would like to thank all those volunteers who helped with this part of the project. The bookshelves are in pretty good shape, so they will still be used in the newly remodeled facility.

Mrs. Ed Carlson, Helen Ohme and Doris Seidel are shown here around 1957, busily packing library books at City Hall, readying them for the move to the new M.B. Quivey Library on Center Avenue in Mitchell.

Mrs. Ed Carlson, Helen Ohme and Doris Seidel are shown here around 1957, busily packing library books at City Hall, readying them for the move to the new M.B. Quivey Library on Center Avenue in Mitchell.

In 1957, the M.B. Quivey Library was partially funded by Mr. Quivey on the land purchased from the Mitchell American Legion. The open house for the new library was on Saturday, March 1, 1958. Isobel Lane was the librarian a position she held for 40 years. Maryruth Reed began her services in 1975 as a cataloging librarian and is still with the library as director. Additional staff at this time includes Priscilla Plasencio and Dorothy Holthus.

The library plans on landscaping the lot to the south as funds allow. Library patrons can consider giving a gift of money to the library to help with this project. For more information, the library number is 308 623-2222.