"We're hoping to really increase the people space and make it a place for people to be," she said. Joiner explained the floor plans for the expansion include several meeting rooms, quiet areas, a children's library and more space for programming as well as two lounge areas separated by a double-sided fireplace.
The library has 16,000 present cardholders, half of those Kenai residents and many others from around the Peninsula and out-of-state, Joiner said. The library easily checks out more than 10,000 volumes a month, said Kathy Heus, a friend of the library and former member of the library commission and board.
"It is such a vital part of the community because I think there's more people that use it than people realize," she said. "We have people from all walks of life that use it."At a city council meeting earlier this month, the council approved the authorization for the $2 million in bonds, which the bond bank approved to move forward and sell.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will save Kenai some money on the sale of the bonds. Through the act, Kenai had the ability to issue taxable debt and receive a subsidy by passing a resolution identifying the city as an economic recovery zone. The stimulus funds will make the cost of the debt cheaper for the city by paying some interest on the bonds.
The expansion plans outline and anticipate the community's needs for the next 20 years, with more room for technology and to house its large collection of materials.
"We're going for the future here," Lyon said.read source article
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