Reopening of the Eagle Public Library!
With the expansion and renovations now complete at the Eagle Public Library, a soft opening is planned for Monday, October 28 at 10:00am. A grand opening event will take place later in the year.
The Eagle Valley Library District started planning a renovation and expansion of the Eagle Public Library in 2007. Those plans were put on hold due to the looming economic worries facing the nation. With over 99,700 visits a year, the Eagle Valley Library District began exploring this idea once again in 2015 and broke ground late last year.
“What the community told us [in a survey] is that they’d like more materials, especially books, expanded programming and quiet places to read and study. We’re responding to the needs and goals of the community with the renovation and expansion of the Eagle Library,” said Linda Tillson, Eagle Valley Library District’s Director.
Generous donations from Alpine Bank, Eagle Valley Library District Foundation, Friends of the Eagle Valley Library District, Sylvan Lake State Park and Whittaker Landscape Service have been instrumental in the success of this project. The renovation and expansion has added 6,000 square feet indoors with a 300 square foot reading terrace and a 7,300 square foot pocket park (in-lieu of a parking lot) for a total of 12,600 square feet additional indoor and outdoor public space.
Patrons can tour the spacious two-story building and use its many new and upgraded amenities. Highlights of the project include:
More Space: Children and their families will enjoy open family spaces for interactive play and storytimes; a dedicated area for teens with a gaming room; expansion of the large meeting room to accommodate the increasing community and programming use plus additional quiet study rooms; an abundant public area – most notably a reading terrace with southern views on the second floor.
Quiet Environment: The upstairs offers a quiet respite from the more well-travelled areas of the building (kids and teen areas are located on the first floor).
Comfort: There is lounge and café-style seating near the fireplaces and opportunities for portable technology use.
Local Archives: An increased local history section showcasing the collection.
Flexibility: The new areas will allow for more programming flexibility overall.
Other Enhancements: a welcoming entry; improved and more efficient staff areas, additional parking and greater connections to the outdoors with a “pocket park” located to the south of the expansion.
The Eagle Public Library will be open regular hours Monday – Sunday starting Monday, October 28. For more information, please contact the Eagle Public Library at 970-328-8800.
Estimated Project Timeline (schedule will be updated as project advances)
- Earth work begins for the expansion on the south lot (7th St. and Broadway St.) through January 2019.
- Concrete work begins January through February.
- Steel and framing for the expansion begins in March.
- Framing for 1st and 2nd floor of the expansion begins in April.
- Renovation phase for the 1st and 2nd floor begins in late May and continues throughout October.
- Completion schedule for late October.
- Soft reopening on Monday, October 28 at 10:00 am