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New Kaysville library closer to reality
by LOUISE R. SHAW
Jan 22, 2014 | 1482 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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KAYSVILLE - An auditorium that seats 180, two conference rooms and an exterior that compliments its surroundings are a few of the design features of the new Kaysville library.

More importantly, the proposed library will have shelves that allow the circulation of 100,000 books.

Chris Sanford, director of Davis County libraries, addressed the Kaysville City Council earlier this month to share plans for the long-awaited building.

At the same time, the city council, meeting as the Kaysville Library Endowment Board, voted to provide $100,000 over a two-year period to the library.

That money comes from the Alan and Kay Blood Endowment Fund.

Land donated by the couple in 1993 was sold, with interest from the proceeds going exclusively to the needs of the city library, as they had requested.

The current library, located on the city block in Kaysville, has 63,000 volumes, and library officials hope to have 85,000 when the new library opens.

The new facility will also house a display area to educate the public on the Blood’s endowment.

 In her presentation before the library board, Sanford said they hope to have bid documents out in mid-February to March and break ground in April, in anticipation of a mid-2015 opening.

“It will be designed so it invites you to come in,” said Sanford. A dry creekbed will go east to west along the property, which is south of Heritage Park on 200 North.

In addition, a small fruit orchard is being planned at one corner of the building.

The interior will include almost 15,000 square feet, with shelving, conference space and an auditorium.

Representatives from city government and the community were involved in the initial design process, said Sanford.

As of this week, there are still a few “tweaks” to the design by FFKR Architects that need to be finalized before a rendering is made public, she said.

“Everybody’s very excited,” she said.

City council members approved the purchase of a two small parcels of land over the past several months. The parcels, which are west of the park, will add additional space for parking for both the library and Heritage Park.

 

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