Independence County Library finalizing plans for move to new location

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The Independence County Library Board is working to clear the way for the library’s move to its new location in the former Barnett Building on Main Street in Batesville.

The board discussed signage that will be used in the library, including those that will denote rooms and areas that are to be named for donors who contributed in exchange for naming rights.

Bill Walmsley, chairman of the board, said he favors using bronze signs because he used that term in soliciting naming rights donations. Library Director Vanessa Adams, library director,  said the architects prefer something else that complements the interior décor.

The board chose three options that they will pick from after getting prices on the signs. They are bronze, stainless steel and a clear acrylic with a green edge. Adams said they could not get prices until they narrowed the field to two or three options.

Walmsley said the final construction meeting would be held May 1 at which time the project punch list will be completed. The punch list indicates work that does not conform to contract specifications. The contractor must correct any deficiencies in the punch list before receiving final payment.

In other action, the board voted to transfer funds into the construction account to make the final payment to contractors.

The board also approved closing the current library on May 7 so the staff can pack books and other materials for the move. Adams said all books and DVDs must be checked in by that date. 

The last day to check out books is May 6. Those books must be returned by July 1 and will not incur any late fees.

The last day to check out DVDs and audio books is April 20, and they must be returned by May 5.

There will be no returns after May 6 until the new library opens.

Walmsley said the physical move will occur from May 14 to 18. He is asking the Department of Correction for the use of prison inmates to help with the move.

Adams said she is taking applications for more volunteers who will be needed at the new library. She said they would need more help at the larger facility.

The grand opening at the new library will be in July, the date depending on the availability of Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

The board approved a motion to have portraits made of the Library Board so they can be displayed in the new library. Adams was asked to hire a photographer to take the portraits.

The board also decided to require a $50 deposit for use of the public meeting room in the new library. Nonprofit groups can use the room for free, but the board decided a refundable deposit might be needed to ensure the room is left in clean condition.

ICLFF Board Tour 01A file photo shows the interior of the new Independence County Library in mid-renovation.

Reporting by Bob Qualls

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