The new front entrance to the main branch of the Thompson-Nicola Library is now officially open, though parts of the addition aren’t quite finished.
Board chair John Ranta told a gathering Wednesday evening (Oct. 17, 2018) the renovations will provide extra space in the library and the entrance, which is now off Victoria Street instead of Fifth Avenue, and is now “at the right place.”
Ranta and several dignitaries then cut a ribbon at the front door and unveiled a wall featuring photos of the region and a large relief map. Guests also signed a time capsule full of mementos that will be opened in 25 years.
The renovations began in April, forcing those visiting the building — which also houses the art gallery and Thompson-Nicola Regional District offices — to access it through a temporary entrance near the parkade.
The first phase of the $350,000 renos actually got underway in February with the installation of new flooring, plumbing, painting, electrical and millwork.
The additional space includes a meeting area and an 880-square foot coffee shop, which isn’t ready for occupancy yet but is expected to be open in January.
— Mel Rothenburger, Director, Electoral Area P, TNRD