Meeting: Jasper Public Library Board

The Jasper Public Library Board met Thursday and:

• Heard that the Book Cellar, the used book store run by the Friends of the Jasper Library, is running a clearance sale Thursday, Sept. 6, through Saturday, Sept. 8, in the basement of the annex building at 1103 Main St.

• Heard there are still some bricks from the Hoosier Desk building available at the site at the corner of Third and Mill streets for anyone who wants one. The building is being demolished to make space for the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center that will house the library and Jasper Community Arts Commission.

• Heard that the request for proposals for construction for the cultural center will be advertised around Monday, Aug. 27. The process will give contractors the opportunity to bid on the project. The board hopes local companies will submit bids.

• Heard that the bond the board took out to purchase the Hoosier Desk property will be paid off in the next few months. The board will then take out the next bond for the project that will cover the construction process. Together, the bonds equal the $6.5 million that voters approved via referendum in the 2016 election.

• Heard that demolition at the Hoosier Desk site will wrap up in about two weeks. The fire doors and glass panes salvaged from the building are being housed in donated warehouse space until they are needed for the construction process. Several wooden beams are also being salvaged. The salvaged materials will be used as decorative material in the cultural center.

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