By Amanda Rogers
Mansfield City Council members, library board members and city staff cut a ceremonial ribbon to officially reopen the renovated Mansfield Public Library on Tuesday evening.
Over the past year, the library at 104 S. Wisteria St. has received a $3.2 million renovation that added a 4,000-square-foot expansion on the back of the building, children's area with program room, back patio, conference room, two study rooms, two study booths, a program room, two family restrooms, two staff offices, a staff work room, six new computers, new print station and a new service point for librarians to help the public in the children’s area. The facility also got new carpet, paint, LED lighting, furniture and some new shelving.
Construction began in November with the library closing after the Memorial Day holiday so that the interior could be remodeled. Library staff staged curbside pickup so that readers could still check out items. The library reopened Oct. 3.
"It's a good day," said Mayor Michael Evans before cutting the ribbon to officially reopen the building. "This is step 1. We are praying for bigger and better things. The library is central to our community. As we grow, our library has to grow as well."
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