Monday, August 22, 2011

Not Such a Busy Week at the Sahyun Library

The past week started out with a flurry of plumbing activity, then dropped off to zero while the heat/air conditioning boys attended a conference about HVAC.  Before Jim Friestad went to Wisconsin for a few days to a wedding, he unwrapped and set up five new PCs.  Latitude 34 set them up ready for use.  We also took delivery of two "lateral files" that will contain our surname files.  The book cases are completed, so mornings might find members like Carri Thomas shelving and reshelving books and periodicals.  On Friday, a crew showed up to clear the steel book shelves out of the old periodical room in preparation for its painting and carpeting.

Three of our new computers sit on our new computer counter that sit on our new carpet in the new wing of the Sahyun Library.
These files were already stuffed with surname files a few days after they were delivered.

While waiting for something to happen, Bob Lynn and John Fritsche took it upon themselves to clean up the Glass House, site of much of the bookcase work.  Thanks, guys!  (Bob Lynn photo)

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

It's a Busy Week at the Sahyun Library

This is an exceptionally busy week at the Sahyun, and it is not over yet.  The biggest event was the carpet laying in the new wing, and what a difference the new carpet makes on the entire outlook and feel of the library!  The plumbers, electricians, sidewalk pavers, and HVAC workers were also hard at work renovating the old wing.  Here is a small sample of all those activities.

Chooey, a master carpeteer, puts down the carpet square by square - and quickly!

The research area of the new wing is almost covered after 3 hours of concentrated effort.   

Chooey and Jose discuss how they will finish the corner where the map case will be.

At the end of two days, carpet has been lain through the new addition.

Stan Zalatel nails kick plates to the bottom of each book case bay.  Note the accumulated dust on the bottom shelf.  The entire library will have to be dusted before we can think of using it.

Lest you ever wondered how we would fill one-half mile of book shelves, wonder no more!  These boxes are just half of the periodicals yet to be shelved.  Care to help?  Contact Society Librarian Kathie Morgan.

Also this week, Mark emplaced sewer pipe vents in the womens' bathroom.               

And the electricians are close to finishing their work in the old wing.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Renovating the Old and Finishing Touches on the New

It is now August and the old wing is being renovated, the hardscape in the garden is a-building, and the finishing touches are going into the book cases and computer counters.

Here is our new courtyard!

Dry wall paneling will be placed on the aluminum ribs in the multi-purpose room.

Doors have been hung between several rooms.

Here's Jim Friestad in his red shirt putting a final coat of Varathane on the computer counter tops.

YOU could be sitting in that chair and working on your genealogy among the new bookcases once the library is completed, and that won't be long now.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Golden Spike

Today, Jim Friestad drove the final nail, dubbed "The Golden Spike", into the crown molding on a book case to signify the completion of the book case project!  Jim gave all the honor to his 38 volunteers who put in some 2600 total hours on the project.  What an accomplishment!  Congratulations to Jim and all the volunteers!

Construction progress was largely underground, where sewer and drain pipes were emplaced, inspected, and are now covered by concrete.    The pavers finally arrived last week so that walkway masonry could resume in the garden.  Lastly, tree trimmers thinned out the big pine trees so that they wouldn't fall into the parking lot.

Jim was justifiably pleased and proud  to pound in the last nail.

But Jim didn't drive it all the way.  He left a little for Bob Lynn  to tap the rest of the way.

The walkway is coming along nicely.

Now we can see the mountains.