Steel market nearly shelves Parachute library expansion |

Steel market nearly shelves Parachute library expansion

PARACHUTE – The Parachute Library’s expanded facility will provide space for a lot more books on its shelves – that is, if it can actually get new shelving.”Due to the steel market, the shelving that was ordered is now back-ordered with the delivery date being pushed forward,” said Jaci Spuhler, director of the Garfield County Public Library System. Steel prices have soared during the past year, in part because of sharply increased demand for steel from China due to the country’s accelerating economy. Spuhler said the shelving’s delivery date was Aug. 23, but that it may be as late as October before the shelves arrive. That creates a problem, Spuhler said, because the majority of the library’s collection is boxed up and unavailable. Spuhler said the old library, at 2,000 square feet, didn’t have room for any more shelving.”This resulted in heavy weeding,” Spuhler said. “If we buy a new book, an older book had to be discarded.”That’s one of the reasons the library system’s board made expanding Parachute’s facility a priority, doubling the library’s size to 4,000 square feet and creating room for more materials. Besides the shelving issue, library renovation plans are on target, with an anticipated completion date of Aug. 24, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 5 p.m. on Sept. 8. In the meantime while construction continues, the library is open for business (see box), though Parachute Branch Library manager Holly Klinzman said the library may need to close one day before Aug. 24 for interior painting. Patrons may check out books through the system’s interlibrary loan program, and new materials have been pulled for loaning, though there is neither public Internet access nor stack browsing. “We’re letting people come in and walk around,” Klinzman said. “It’s real noisy, there’s no air conditioning and it’s dirty – and it’s really exciting. People come in and look around and are really excited about the renovation.” Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext.

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