Linwood library packing up, new building to open soon
The Linwood Community Library is expected to move into its new digs soon.
Library director Sue Peavy said Thursday, Oct. 7, would be the final day of the library being open at 302 Main St. in downtown Linwood. It will close at 7:30 p.m.
The library will still open for regular programs, such as storytime, during the transition period, but the library itself will not be open.
Library staff members and volunteers plan to pack up books and other items Thursday and Friday to move to their new venue at 19649 Linwood Road. On Saturday, Linwood Lions Club members will help unpack the books, library director Sue Peavy said.
An open house is tentatively set for 2 p.m. Oct. 17, and the new library, it is hoped, will open Oct. 18.
“I know it’s cutting it close,” Peavy said, noting it was always hoped the library could open in October. “We wanted to have the open house before we open.”
Heartland Construction of Lenexa has been renovating the building, home of the former New Linwood Café. The company bid the project at just less than $126,000.
“We’re very pleased with the construction company,” Peavy said. “They’re doing work on time.”
The existing library has about 1,880 total square feet, while the new library will have 3,500 square feet.
The building was purchased earlier this year for $290,000. The library made a down payment of $35,000. The remaining $255,000 is being financed through First State Bank and Trust during a 10-year period. The lease payments will be made through the library’s current operating budget. In addition, capital and general funds, accumulated through the years, are covering remodeling costs.
The move will mark the end of 30 years for the Linwood Community Library at 302 Main St, as it’s been there since 1980.
Library staff can be still be reached during the transition period at (913) 301-3686.