Gaston County Public Library

The GCPL Yellow Hat Report

Main Library Renovation Updates

9/21/2018 Update

Crews continued digging up the grassy knoll and started loading the mountain of dirt and grass into a dump truck.

 

At the same time, they also started pouring concrete for the new sidewalks. They poured concrete for the sidewalk to the right of the main entrance this morning, and believe it or not, it is already dry. The sidewalk in front of the main entrance has been widened and flattened so that it is wheelchair accessible. Crews poured concrete for it this afternoon. Needless to say, the crew spent the entire day sloshing around, as they continually poured and smoothed the concrete. 

Want to watch the crew pour and smooth the concrete? Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gastonlibrary.

As always, thanks for tuning into the GCPL Yellow Hat Report. We hope you have a great weekend, and we'll see you next time!

9/20/2018 Update

"Grab shovels and rakes..." ~Build, Dogs, Build by James Horvath

After demolishing the concrete sidewalk to the right of the main entrance to the library, construction crews dug up the portion in front of the main entrance and brought in wood to build the outline for the new sidewalk. Don't fret! Crews placed plywood down so that patrons can still enter through the main entrance. 

"The bulldozer clears away piles of rubble, and bricks and concrete without any trouble." ~Build, Dogs, Build by James Horvath

Crews began demolishing the grassy knoll in the traffic circle. They used bulldozers to dig up the grass, dirt, and concrete. Sure, it looks like a mess now, but when they finish we'll have brand new ADA-compliant, handicap-accessible parking. 

If you would like to see the bulldozer in action, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gastonlibrary.

Thanks for tuning into the GCPL Yellow Hat Report. We'll see you next time!

9/19/2018 Update

So, this is Where the Sidewalk Ends. Maybe?

The sidewalk to the right of the front entrance (when facing the doors) is no more. It dissappeared into clouds of dust and was swallowed by the sound of this massive jackhammer. As the machine slammed into the concrete over and over again, it nearly shook the Library. Boom! Boom! Boom! Boom! There's nothing left but an open slab of dirt with fragments of concrete that once held our book and audiovisual return drop boxes.

We will continue to follow this developing story. Be sure to check out the video on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gastonlibrary. Thanks for tuning in to the GCPL Yellow Hat Report! Until next time...

9/11/2018 Update

The way is shut and you shall not pass! (That's for all of our Lord of the Rings fans out there!) The traffic circle in front of the library is now closed. Crews arrived at approximately 9:00 a.m. to assemble the fence that now blocks the driveway that so many of us have used. As you can see below, it was definitely a two-man job!

Check this out! The ceiling tile that once graced the Lobby is completely demolished, right along with the old partitions from the restroom stalls. Apparently, one of them was good enough to use as a ramp leading into the dumpster! It was indeed time for an upgrade.

We will continue to follow this developing story. Thanks for tuning in to the GCPL Yellow Hat Report! Until next time...

9/10/2018 Update

We're officially under construction! Work began on the restrooms in the lobby at 6:30 a.m. As you can see, it's completely blocked off. The ceiling tile has been removed as well. Just imagine the magic tricks that are going on behind that curtain! We're so excited!

We decided to relocate the book and audiovisual return drop boxes; they are now located at the back of the library near Staff parking.

   

Continue to stay tuned to the GCPL Yellow Hat Report for more updates!

9/7/18 Update

During this project the traffic circle will be closed and the outside book drops will be temporarily relocated to the back side of the library. We encourage you to use the second driveway to reach the book drops. The sidewalk, in front of the library, and wall drop will not be closed. Please watch your step! 

9/4/18 

The Main Library's first floor restrooms and lobby are getting a face lift!

Beginning on Monday, September 10, we will begin renovating the restrooms to ensure they are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For this reason, the restrooms will be out of service. For your convenience, there are additional restrooms available on the 3rd floor near the computers, and an ADA-compliant portable facility will be located just outside the lobby. During part of this project, the traffic circle in front of the library will be closed, and the outside book drops will be relocated or closed. We do apologize for the inconvenience.

The good news is that once the project is completed, not only will the Main Library have new ADA-compliant restrooms on the first floor but a long-overdue makeover to the existing lobby! As a bonus, there will be new accessible parking in front of the library.

We encourage you to stay tuned to this section of our website, as well as our social media outlets, as we will continously update the progress of our work!