Tour of Newly Renovated Greenwood Library

The total renovation of the Greenwood Library is on schedule, meaning that soon residents of that area will have a new facility that will cater to children.

The library had been open since 1966 and was in need of work.  Voters approved a bond to pay for the facelift and Tuesday, 3News got an early look at how that work is going.

The $1.5 Million bond is paying for building improvements inside and out.  Head Librarian Herb Canales was so excited about the work going on at the library, that he invited 3News on a tour of the new layout.

There is certainly a lot of activity going on as workers are busy cutting metal parts to be used as trim.  Others were working to put tiles in place outside the building.  Canales also showed us around the inside of the facility which is completely different from what it once looked like.  Now, there's more room for children's books, computers and reading rooms.  That's because on top of those bond dollars, donations have poured in to help turn this library into an oasis in the middle of this low income neighborhood.

"The 1.5 million didn't cover a lot.  It covered just basic renovation air conditioning system replacing that exterior wall.  So we had to raise money for new children's books, computers a lot of technology furnishings and so forth none of that was covered under the bond," said Canales.

The library theme is space travel, that's why there's an unusual pattern of the tiles outside the renovated library.  The yellow tiles are spaced out to form star constellations like Orion's Belt.

The library not only needed a facelift, but officials wanted to try and reach out to neighborhood children.  In the process of buying new children's books and computers, some of the money will also pay to bring in book authors and illustrators to speak to groups of children in the hopes of sparking more interest in learning and reading.


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