According to Librarian Joyce Courter, the library has raised a $500,000 in donations and pledges at this time and will put that money toward the 25 percent, or $766,000 local share of its $2.7 million renovation project.
White is scheduled to present the check July 25th at the library, which will cover 75 percent of the entire project. Final plans for the renovation are currently being reviewed. But courter expects construction to begin by October and to continue for approximately 14 months.
The work will include total renovation of the existing Carnegie Library building, as well as construction of a new 68,000-square-feet building on the southwest side of the library. New features will include a computer lab and an activity room for the library to use for programs and special events. It will also make the library ADA compliant, with access to the second floor and ADA compliant bathrooms.
The state grant money is coming from the proceeds of video gaming. The Centralia library was one of 47 to apply and one of 15 to receive money from the grant program.
This is the second grant the library has received this month. Last week Monsanto presented the library with a more than $16,000 check to improve its youth services department.