by Lisa Tome
Those using Rising Sun's Library on Thursday afternoon, January 14, didn't seem to mind the rumble from the other side of the wall.
The building is a work in progress and according to library staff, patrons seem to have adjusted to the temporary downsized version of the library.
The branch is currently housed in what is typically the community room. There are computers for use, stacks of books in every genre, and shelves packed with movies and audio books.
"People are excited about the children's room. That will be great," said staffer Sharon Smith.
"We're getting new materials in on a regular basis," said staffer Amelia Viars.
The two women said that they haven't run out of computers and people are enjoying the wireless internet. "People have a good sense of humor about the noise," said Smith.
Mike Tilko, the construction manager for the JMT contracting company, showed off the work ongoing. Last week's rumble was occurring as workers removed glue from the carpet from the library floor. The buffer type machine would pull up the glue which was then sucked into a large shop vac.
"We're on time, on schedule and we've had no problems," said Tilko. "We put in barrier walls to keep down the noise. The staff has been helpful. We can't shut down the facility and we don't want the public to have nowhere to go. Coming in, we knew we had to be mindful of the noise."
"It will be a much better library when it's done. It's about 10 weeks until we're done. They won't be inconvenienced for much longer," said Tilko.
"Everyone has been really positive. We've got a great collection (of materials)," said Christy Reynolds, branch manager.
She also said that the offsite locations where programs are being held are working well.
Programs are being held at Janes United Methodist Church, the community center on Wilson Road, and Martin's Cafe.
The scope of work that's underway is a facility update of the Rising Sun Branch Library.
The current library opened in 1994. The area's population has grown as have the technology needs.
The project will maximize the existing space through layout and technology improvements including more electrical outlets.
The branch's security system will be updated, a self check-out will be added, and the children's area will be expanded greatly.