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October 30, 2018

Central Branch to Re-Open January 2019

Laura Carter, KFPL's Director, Branch Experience, spoke to Darryn Davis of Global Kingston about the Central Branch renovations and projected opening date. You can watch or read the story here.

There has been a lot of activity on the site this week, with the last of the window replacements being framed and installed, excavation along Johnson Street  to prepare for landscaping and electricians, painters, drywallers and many other trades busy inside to get ready for the mid-January opening. 

October 18, 2018

Carpet! Lights! Reading Caves!

We are very excited to share some photos as the finishes are installed in the building. 

Central's New Fiction Section)

Above: Carpet installed in the adult fiction area (formerly the adult non-fiction area)

Central Kids Cave

Above: Reading caves built into the wall in the children's area.

Central's New Children's Section

Above: Carpet installation in progress in the children's section. The ceiling tiles radiate out from a column that will have a special installation from the same company who designed our interactive play wall at the Rideau Heights Branch.

September 5, 2018

Central Branch Re-Opening Delayed

The damage caused to materials such as carpet, drywall and insulation at the Central Branch during the mid-August heavy rains has resulted in a delay to the project. . This delay is disappointing for everyone, but is necessary to make sure that wet materials are properly dried or replaced in order to prevent mould growth.  Intially thought to be a month, it is taking longer than expected to complete the remediation work. 

Work continues on other areas of the building as the flood remediation happens, with final roofing work and the last stages of brick painting completing the work on the Johnson Street building facade shortly. Exterior work will then focus on completing the new stair, ramp and covered walkway.  Inside, work is continuing with flooring, painting and hanging ceiling tiles. 

August 19, 2018

Damage from Heavy Rains

The heavy rains on Wednesday, August 15 caused flood damage in the basement of the Central Branch as well as in the upper stairwells and the second floor where rainwater entered from unfinished areas. Library and City staff are working closely with the contractor and their sub-trades to assess the damage and to determine the impact on the project. Some materials in water-damaged areas may be able to be restored and some, such as drywall, willl need to be replaced.

An update will be provided when these assessments have taken place and the impact of the damage on the library's move-in date is known.

August 8, 2018

Local History and Genealogy

The Library's local history and genealogy collections are still available, with most of the collection housed at the Isabel Turner Branch while the renovations to the Central Branch are taking place. Select resources are being stored at our temporary warehouse space and will require a couple of days notice to be transferred to another branch for use. The library catalogue lists the current locations of all items in the collection.

Once the renovations are complete, these collections will move back to the Central Branch. They're moving one floor up into a lovely light-filled space in the Bishop's House, the limestone portion of the building at the corner of Bagot and Johnson streets. The adult non-fiction, local history and genealogy, microfilm and vertical file collections are being brought together with a variety of seating options and convenient printing, copying and scanning facilities. The second floor is a quieter space, more suitable for research and study.

Visit our website for more information on the Library's local history and genealogy collections.