A series of informational open houses in coming weeks promises to reveal details about the upcoming expansion of the Gray Public Library.

Representatives of three organizations – the Trustees of the Gray Public Library, the Gray Public Library Association and the Library Expansion Committee – will be on hand to explain the architectural plan for the Library.

“We want this project to be as transparent as possible,” said Ray Clark, chairman of the Trustees. “So we’re holding three informal open houses. You’ll be able to ask questions and get solid answers. And you’ll see architectural renderings that we think are exciting.”

Last November, Gray voters approved the expansion plan, which is expected to cost $1.5 million. The plan adds meeting rooms, an employee break room, a much larger Children’s Area and Young Adult Room, as well as enhanced lighting and more efficient heating and air conditioning. It expands the total area of the library by about 75 percent, and leaves open even more space for future use.

The Expansion Committee selected Reed & Company as architects and Zachau Construction as general contractor. The work will be done under Construction Manager at Risk principles, Clark said.

The three open houses will be held on Tuesday, June 25, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Pennell Complex; Wednesday, June 26, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Gray Public Library; and on Saturday, July 13, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and everyone is welcome.


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