Many small towns have public buildings that were build decades or even a century ago. These historical buildings were usually well constructed, but they often no longer fit the needs of the community. Libraries are a good example of this concept. They have changed over the past fifty years as audio-visual and electronic information has been added to the bound books they continue to carry. Serving the needs of the community often means a new library building must be constructed.
It takes time and funds to build a new library, but many towns see it as an investment in their current and future residents. Books are important for learning and enjoyment. The library is also a place where people socialize, and they often hold small classes for residents. There are many needs a library fulfills and all must be considered when planning the new building.
Libraries are built for the long term, and they must have good foundations. The ground must be prepared and leveled using silica sand as a firm base for the foundation to sit atop. Concrete is used as a foundation material because of its strength. It is a mixture of cement, silica sand, small stones and water. Once it cures, it will carry the weight of the building as well as its contents.
When the new library building is finished, the residents hold a community gathering to help set up the new areas inside. People volunteer to help move books, tables and chairs. This group activity is generally fun because they have an upbeat attitude that carries them through the day. Grand openings of libraries are a fun day for the community as well, and they are often attended by people whether they will use the resources within or not. Community spirit is renewed once a small town has a new library.