Springdale library will expand to meet growing demand
The Springdale Public Library's outdoor courtyard will soon have walls and a ceiling.
Why it matters: The addition is being made to the building to accommodate increased demand, particularly in children's programming, library director Anne Gresham told Axios.
- The library has seen more foot traffic in the past few years. It's typical to host events with more than 100 attendees, which it can't comfortably accommodate, she said.
Context: Programs had 18,592 visits in 2022, up from 16,509 in 2019.
- Gresham attributed the rise in popularity, in part, to people wanting to reconnect post-pandemic.
- "I think the library really can provide a meeting place," she said. "I don't like to describe it as free because we are taxpayer funded, so it's more coming in to use what's already yours."
Details: The addition will mostly consist of a large room for public use, as well as storage and restrooms.
By the numbers: The city estimates the work will cost $1.6 million. It'll add about 3,000 square feet of space to the existing 43,000-square-foot building.
What's next: The construction timeline is TBD.
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