By Paula Walter

The Johnson County Public Library continues to move forward with their plans for an extension onto the existing library. “The plans are complete,” said Linda Icenhour, library director.
According to Icenhour, when the library received the bids for the extension project, they came in much higher than expected. “The lowest bid was $279,000,” she stated. “When we began the project, we wanted to build a room to give those patrons wanting to use their own devices a nice, clean comfortable place to come and also to make it a reading and reference room.” According to Icenhour, the main part of the library can get noisy from time to time.
During the architectural phase of the project, it was discovered that the restroom facilities did not meet building code. “This drove the cost of the project up,” said Icenhour. “We have raised money and a very special benefactor has donated a large sum of money. We have also received grant monies and currently have approximately $230,000 in the bank. However, we find we are $40,000 below what we actually need.”
According to Icenhour, at the beginning of the project, the plans called for a slab, a wall and a roof. “The architect couldn’t make that happen the way we envisioned it. We ended up with three walls, a slab and a roof,” she added. The contractor was able to review the plans, and some changes were made, reducing the cost of the expansion by $10,000.
According to Icenhour, donations are welcome if you are interested in assisting the library in reaching their goal. The library is also selling bricks for at $100 apiece that can be purchased in memory or in honor of someone. “They would make a wonderful gift for those you don’t know who to buy for,” she added. “It is difficult in a small rural community to come with $40,000. “
The Johnson County Library is a tax-exempt organization. Receipts are available for tax records.
“If anyone has any ideas on how to raise funds, the library board would be interested in hearing your ideas,” Icenhour stated.