Intrepid readers heading for the Billings Public Library have been undaunted by many obstacles since the new building opened January. October may be their biggest test yet of patience and perseverance.
The fact that Bill Cochran and Debi Meling both earn paychecks from the city of Billings doesn’t mean that Cochran, the library director, receives special treatment from Meling, the city engineer.
The south side of the new Billings Public Library appeared last week as the skeleton of the old library disappeared.
The Billings Public Library’s parking garden will be constructed before Nov. 1 — well, most of it, anyway.
Billings Public Library Director Bill Cochran is laying 50-50 odds that the parking lot will indeed be constructed on the site of the old Parmly Billings Library before cold temperatures this fall preclude the laying of asphalt.
The cost of removing asbestos from the old Parmly Library before demolishing it keeps growing, and Library Director Bill Cochran hopes the price tag doesn’t reach — as it could — seven figures.
The half-demolished Billings Parmly Library will stand a few more weeks as crews wait for equipment to access the building’s basement.
A security guard who works at the Billings Public Library had to use pepper spray Thursday afternoon on a person fighting in a parking lot leased by the library.
When the new Billings Public Library opened in January, the grand opening for its main entrance, courtyard and parking garden was set for June 30.
Asbestos removal at the old Parmly Billings Library could take a week or it could take three weeks, but the action marks the beginning of the end for the erstwhile brick building.
The building that once housed the Billings Public Library is coming down slowly, almost as if brick by brick.
One can often tell what a government agency will be up to during the coming year by looking at its budget proposal.
As the Billings Public Library serves more and more new customers, librarians have detected new and sometimes unforeseen problems from people who they say are among the newest library card carriers.
For anyone who thinks librarians spend their time shooshing chatty patrons, last week’s Library Board meeting would have been shock.
The Billings Public Library and School District 2 were among the winners Thursday during the Montana Library Association’s annual conference at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center.
Like most Billings residents, Bill Cochran thought he’d be seeing the old Parmly Billings Library coming down by now, making way for a 100-space parking lot, new entrance for the library and considerable landscaping just outside the library’s Community Room.
As I promised in an earlier column, we would be printing the suggestions of folks who submitted ideas for a time capsule which will be suspended (instead of buried) in the new, impressive Billings Public Library.
Since the new Billings Public Library opened in January, Billings has been reading more, researching more and generally using its library more than ever before.
Slowly but surely, the old Parmly Billings Library will come down, beginning Monday.
“Whoa! $140,977.86,” exclaimed Billings Public Library Director Bill Cochran as he read off the sum on a check presented on Tuesday by the Yellowstone County commissioners.