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.
Following more than two decades as guardian of the Parmly Billings Library children's section and the favored, plush play-structure for countless kids, Booker the Bear ambled on to that great library in the sky. He was 22 (88 in bear years).
A joyous and standing-room-only crowd of more than 150 gathered Saturday afternoon to dedicate a library that its architect called “a pavilion of light and view,” a “colorful building with character, a 21st century pole barn — and so much more.”
Billings Public Library director Bill Cochran said the first week at the new library was crazy, with a 50 percent increase in visitors and 1,400 library cards issued.
Skateboards are still taboo. But patrons of the Billings Public Library that opened on Monday can eat and drink, within reason, in the modernistic building.