Sharon Sullivan

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August 16, 2012
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Central library's temporary home opens at First and Gunnison

The Mesa County Central Library is open after a brief hiatus while movers transported 160,000 items from its Grand Avenue location to its new but temporary home in the former Ashley Furniture building, 655 N. First St. (First Street and Gunnison Avenue).

"Monday we were slammed," library spokesman Bob Kretschman said. "People were ready for their library to be open again.

"There was a lot of pent-up demand. People wanted to see the new digs."

The library was hopping Wednesday as children collected stacks of books and played in the children's area, adults worked at public computers, and a number of patrons browsed, read and checked out items.

Two immigrants, one from Korea, the other from Cambodia, studied English with volunteer tutors in the literacy center.

While the main library at 530 Grand Ave. undergoes an expansion and remodel project, services will continue at its temporary location on First Street. The hours are the same: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The library will also be open Sundays 1-5 p.m. starting in September.

The $6.7 million library expansion and remodel project will add 9,000 square feet to the central library and provide a fresh look to the interior. The renovated library will reopen in the spring.

"You can still get any book you want," Kretschman said. "If it's not on the shelf you can place a hold on it and we'll find it for you."

Kretschman invited the public to come check out the layout at the new location.

"Our move team did a great job planning, laying out, and designing this library. It's a wonderful, usable space. It makes a great temporary home."

Brandon Cupp of Fruita was at the library Wednesday with his wife, Jennifer, and their three children.

"It's pretty nice, actually," Jennifer said.

"I'm impressed," Brandon said.

Parking is available on the south side of the building. There's also a few spaces to park behind the library.

A Grand Valley Transit bus (Route 9B-North Ave.) stops directly in front of the building.

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