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McCabe column: Celebrate remodeling at open house next week

6:47 PM, Jul. 24, 2013  |  Comments
Ron McCabe
Ron McCabe
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Construction and furniture deliveries are nearly completed for the Youth Services remodeling project at the library. The project includes new carpeting, a new ceiling, new lighting, a new story hour/activity area, a computer area for older children, a children's garden and lots of cozy areas for parents, grandparents and children to enjoy the library's books and other resources together.

During construction, most of the library materials for children have been housed in the adult room.

As we complete this wonderful project, the board of trustees and staff members are grateful to everyone who has made these improvements possible. The project has been funded by the many people who have contributed to the Library's Endowment Fund during the years and through major grants from the WoodTrust-Bell Foundation and the Mead Witter Foundation.

We also owe a deep debt of gratitude to architect Rhys MacPherson of Meyer, Sherer & Rockcastle for his creative project design. Tom Altmann and Brian Gadow of Altmann Construction and all the subcontractors have done an excellent job making the architect's vision a reality. We are thankful to the many furniture vendors who have helped us with this project and to library users for their patience during the construction work.

A Youth Services Department grand opening celebration will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday with a brief program at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited. If weather permits, refreshments will be served outside beside the new garden area.

A family concert by John McCutcheon will continue the celebration at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center. John is a native of central Wisconsin and one of America's best folksingers. Both the celebration and the concert are free to the public; no tickets are required.

August will feature several great programs for adults. The adult concert series continues at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 with a performance of bluegrass and country music by the Claire Lynch Band. The Monday Movies series will present popular and critically acclaimed new films for adult audiences at 7 p.m. every Monday in August. At 7 p.m. Thursday, John Zimm will discuss his new book, "This Wicked Rebellion: Wisconsin Civil War Soldiers Write Home." Patty Loew will discuss her book "Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal" at 7 p.m. Aug. 15.

Make McMillan Library your home away from home. Visit the library, visit our website www. mcmillanlibrary.org, or call us at 715-422-5136 for more information about library programs and services.

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