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Work on Alfred Dickey Library starts in May

Work to transform the Alfred Dickey Library as part of the Centennial Initiative is tentatively scheduled to start May 21.

At its meeting Monday the James River Valley Library System Library Board reviewed the timeline of when and where work would take place on improvements to the library. The board approved a contract with Nill Construction of Jamestown for $376,300 to do interior and exterior work to the library, which is turning 100 in 2019.

Joe Rector, James River Valley Library System director, said work is expected to start on May 21 in the upstairs alley where the Alfred Dickey Library's fiction collection and periodicals are located. Once work there is complete, improvements will be made to the rest of the upstairs area in starting in early June.

Rector said once work starts in the main areas upstairs and downstairs in the children's library, Alfred Dickey Library will be closed to allow the construction workers to complete the project both inside and out.

The Centennial Initiative is a project the board has been working on for more than a year. The estimated cost of the project is $502,640. Rector previously said when the project is done Alfred Dickey Public Library will be ready for its next century of use.

Rector said as the start date for work on the library gets closer, there will be public announcements about when the library will close. He said the Stutsman County Library will be open and he is hoping to have the work at Alfred Dickey Library completed by the end of August.

Chris Olson

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