Construction projects, events planned for West Lafayette Library

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Several construction project updates and previews of upcoming events were discussed at the West Lafayette Public Library Board meeting on Wednesday evening.

Scott Senefeld, landscape architect for Veridus Group.

“…the existing doors on the southeast corner of the building,” Senefeld began, “if you recall, those doors are going to be changed, which is going to coordinate with the handicap accessible system. We spent this order, the contractor placed that order several weeks ago, and we’re probably still about nine weeks away from receiving those doors.

The library’s window shade contractor for the building was on hand Wednesday and Thursday to provide pricing for various shades.

“We had a request to look at some pricing on some manual grades,” Senefeld said, “and Guillaume and the shading contractor are in the process of gathering this information…”

Previously incorrectly installed handrails will be properly installed in a meeting with Wilhelm Construction.

“You may have noticed that the new replacement handrail for the new entrance has been delivered,” Senefeld said. “This has not yet been installed. You currently have handrails which…were manufactured incorrectly. So there is a new rail to be installed. We have requested a meeting on site with Wilhelm , the installing contractor and ourselves just to review the anchoring of this (handrail) system… We will be looking to have this meeting here within the next ten days week.”

Several events are coming to the West Lafayette Public Library, including The Big Read 2022 and Read to the Dogs.

Inside the children's section of the West Lafayette Public Library on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 in West Lafayette.

The Big Read is an annual event for book lovers in partnership with Purdue’s English department. According to the description of the event on the department’s website, “Our Great Reading is designed to enrich Greater Lafayette through the shared experience of literature,” the website States. “Each year we select an excellent book, create an engaging calendar of events including lectures, book panel discussions, performances, workshops and author visits, then provide free copies of the text to the community.

“…We are truly excited to work with the West Lafayette Public Library, Tippecanoe County Public Library, and other local organizations as it allows us to spread the book throughout the county.”

The 2022 Big Read will take place from 4-6 p.m. on April 19 at the West Lafayette Public Library. Registration for the event is highly recommended so that the appropriate amount of refreshments can be prepared.

Read to the Dogs is a program that allows children to practice their reading to creatures that are always ready to listen: dogs.

“Pet Partners dogs will listen to books brought from home or from the library’s collection,” reads the event description on the library’s website. Facebook page. “Register for a 15-minute slot at the Kids’ Space desk. Space is limited at this event.”

Reading to Dogs will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. Library registration for this event is required.

Margaret Christopherson is a reporter for the Journal & Courier. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @MargaretJC2.

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