Special to the Review
The Chino Valley Library is expanding next door into a building that formerly housed town government offices and the Town Council chambers.
The former town hall, vacated when staff moved into a building at 202 N. Highway 89 in January 2012, will add 3,444 square feet to the library, said Scott Bruner, library director. The library is located on Palomino Road immediately north of Road 1 West.
The expansion, which started July 8 and is due for completion in mid-September, will create a library with 9,920 square feet.
"We need to expand because we have reached our limit," said Bruner, library director for 14 years.
He said the additional space will create room for more library collections, for patrons to use a quiet area, for people to gather for meetings and a community room where teachers may tutor students.
The young adult section, for children ages 12 to 17, will move into the former town hall, creating space in the existing library for more computers with Internet access, Bruner said. The library and the former town hall date to 1983.
Bruner said the town hired Jebco Construction Cos. of Prescott to do the remodeling project for a maximum of $87,866. Doug Stroh of Prescott served as the architect.
The town will pay for the remodeling/expansion from a $50,000 donation from the Chino Valley Friends of the Library, a possible $112,000 in library impact fees and from the Arizona State Library Archives.
The Friends also obtained a $4,000 grant from the Yavapai County Community Foundation to pay for remodeling the children's addition in the former town hall, Bruner said.
Any leftover money will pay to double public Internet access to 12 computers that currently have seating, Bruner said. The existing library space also has four computers where users stand up.
The project is a "pretty straightforward demolition job, then a remodel," Jebco Project Manager Tom Nicol said. "We are basically gutting a lot of the interior of the (former town hall) building. We are doing some new lighting inside."
Nicol said the project also involves making the bathrooms in the former town hall comply with provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
"We are going to recarpet everything, repaint everything," Nicol said. He added his crew will cut space into the wall that separated the library from town hall.
The new area, he said, will have a community center, a story-time craftroom, a Western/science fiction collection area, computer printer space, a section for large print/biographies and Southwestern books and a community meeting room.
The library has a collection of 45,201 books and 4,096 videos and DVDs, Bruner said. It has 9,011 registered users.
Bruner said the library draws an annual attendance of 68,934 people who check out 110,926 items per year.
The library is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.