UPDATED: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 4:22pm
Waco, TX — It all started with a voter-approved bond issue back in 2007.
And more than five years, and $5.8 million later, the city’s flagship library is ready to open.
James Karney has been Waco’s Library Director for ten years now.
He is managing the overhaul of the Waco-McLennan County library at 1717 Austin Ave.
Construction started last summer.
“We did a complete renovation of the building," said Karney. "We replaced all the mechanical systems. The plumbing and electrical systems. We rewired the building for computers. We added wireless throughout the building. All new lighting is in the building. So basically, for a lot of things, we replaced 1960’s equipment and technology with 2010 technology.”
And from early-child development, to adult job training, the library will be a resource for the entire community- not just bookworms.
“The library really runs the gamut. Beyond just picture books for little kids and fiction books and large-print books for seniors, we have something for everybody. And that’s what we would like to represent," said Karney.
The library will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for it’s re-opening this Saturday at 10A.M.