Kennedy Swatch Watch!

Renovation Board for Kennedy LibrarySo many MPL customers are anxious to know when Kennedy Library will reopen. A quick glance at the worksite as you are heading down McGalliard certainly signals that construction is moving right along. It’s easy to see that the building has been expanded. It’s gone from 10,000 square feet to 15,000 square feet. Just recently the parking lot was repaved and much of the landscaping was put in place.

Floor Plan OverviewWhat you can’t see is what is happening on the inside. And it is exciting! The newly renovated Kennedy Library will boast increased square footage, increased meeting space for community groups, improved wiring for technology, quiet spaces to read and much better accessibility to those customers with disabilities.

The original stone wall on the outside is now inside. It will create a new appreciation for the beauty and quality of this familiar stone as customers see it up close as an interior surface. More windows and glass will be in place. A wall of dedication bricks and tiles will feature more than 150 inscribed bricks and tiles from Library supporters.

Paint ParadeThe Library will be alive with colors such as Sundance, Nasturtium, Cayenne, and Awesome Violet. Flooring choices include Cherry Wood, Royal Blue Linoleum, various carpets and a good amount of cork, which is a very durable and yet environmentally friendly choice.

As with any construction project the completion date is always subject to change based on construction delays, bad weather and the availability of supplies and materials. Ginny Nilles, Muncie Public Library Director, is predicting a mid-February grand re-opening. The space will be functional, beautiful and ready to serve our community for years to come. Hundreds of individuals and organizations who supported the Kennedy Renovation Project with financial gifts will be proud to see the results.

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