Saturday, March 3, 2018

Columbia Public Library Holds "Topping Off" Ceremony to Mark Halfway Point of Expansion Project

Capital campaign member Robin Gamby adds a line to the outdoor library sign showing fundraising progress.

Despite blustery winds, the Board of the Columbia Public Library held its "Topping Off" ceremony today, March 3, to mark the halfway point of the library's $2.5 million expansion and celebrate progress of the project. Dozens gathered at the library to hear updates on construction and to sign a truss that will be placed on the building. Construction is being undertaken by CH&E Construction Company and the Capital Campaign.

A truss ready for signing.

After trusses are installed, the next phase will focus on finishing the library's interior. So far, almost 60% of funds have been raised to pay for the project. The expansion marks the library's first major update since 1973. When renovations are complete, the facility will feature an expanded children's area, an enlarged circulation area, improved handicap accessibility, and enlarged areas for new books. There will also be additional space for increased program growth, enhanced support facilities for staff, defined spaces for artwork displays, and a reading terrace overlooking Locust Street Park.

For information on how to support the venture, contact Robin Gamby at or 717-575-9032.

Mayor Lutz offers thoughts on the project.

Robin Gamby gives an update.

Almost 60% of the funding goal has been reached.

Pete Egan of CH&E Construction says the construction deadline is June 6, 2018. 

 Markers are lined up and ready to go.

 Dozens gather in the chilly wind to hear updates and sign the truss.

And away they go....


Pictorial desk ornaments showing the library old and new will be sold as fundraisers for the project.
The ornaments were created by John Nitroy.

Last but not least - library mascot Spencer is escorted by library administrator Lisa Greybill to oversee the ceremony.


Unknown said...

Nice job campaign board! I applaud your efforts and look forward to seeing the finished project.

Lisa said...

Great work by the Capital Campaign committe and ALL involved!!

Anonymous said...

are the ornaments for sale yet and where at