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Library completes expansion

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Hardy Librarian Cecilia Mullins and White River Library Board Chair Jane Abele welcomed the public to the open house for their newly expanded library in Hardy Nov. 18. Photo/Tammy Curtis
A year and a half after receiving a grant for a children's annex to the Hardy Library, the newly completed library celebrated with an Open House Nov. 18, as the public and local officials were invited to tour the expansion.

In April, 2010, Hardy Mayor Nina Thornton received permission from the White River Library board to write and apply for the grant to fund the 1,500 square feet expansion, increasing the library's total size to approximately 4,500 square feet. White River Planning and Development obtained two grants to fund the library expansion.

The first grant was for $100,000 for matching funds, while the other was for $200,000 for construction. Simmons First National Bank also donated land valued at $30,000 to the library as part of the required matching donations.

Donald Brit and other supporters were on hand at the open house, and Mayor Nina Thornton said that without the bank's donation, the addition would not have been possible.

The group was greeted by White River Librarian Cecilia Mullins and Library Board Chair Jane Abele. State Representative Linda Collins-Smith also congratulated the city on the completion of the project.

Architect Larry Bronson was responsible for the project's design and was required to preserve the historic building's original design.

Those who visit the library will be surprised at how well the addition blends in with the original structure.

Mullins, who hosts a summer reading program at the library, said the expansion will benefit more youth, thanks to the additional space.

The entrance to the facility was designed to be a showcase of work by local artists, creating a visually appealing welcome as one enters the library.

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