Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Gray Public Library expansion will be held on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 11 a.m. The public is invited to the ceremonies, sponsored by the library’s trustees, and light refreshments will be served.

Shovels will be wielded by a cross-section of library patrons, ranging from children to seniors, to begin construction of the $1.5 million addition voted in by Gray residents last November.

The expansion will include several new meeting and study rooms, an adult reading room and more space for children and young adults. Heating and air conditioning will be upgraded as well.

Plans and drawings for the project have been on display in the library for several weeks. Visitors have been particularly interested in the new lower level, which will be accessed by an elevator. The plan was developed by architects Reed and Co. after much consultation with staff, and will be implemented by Zachau Construction.

The project will take about five months to complete. Library Director Josh Tiffany says the library will be open during most of the construction period.

The expansion will be funded by a bond, supplemented with funds raised by the Gray Public Library Association.

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