On this edition of our show, we welcome Gary Shaffer, CEO of the Tulsa City-County Library. The TCCL's Central Library, in the heart of downtown Tulsa, has recently entered its "public phase," with direct fund-raising appeals being made to the public to complete the mid-century-modern building's vast, thorough, and state-of-the-art renovation. Demolition of the building's interior is now complete; the actual construction of the new Central Library has begun.
Demolition of the interior of the Central Library in downtown Tulsa is about 25 percent complete. The work is part of a 50-million dollar, two year renovation of the building to modernize it and make it more environmentally friendly. On a tour today, Library CEO Gary Shaffer said it will be a hi-tech facility for the 21st century when finished.
The restoration is scheduled for completion in spring of 2016.
Tulsa’s main central library will close next month for a two year renovation, but don’t worry, you’ll still be able to get library services downtown. A Librarium will open to continue library services during the renovation process. Work is underway at the location of an old supermarket at 11th and South Denver. While only a temporary facility, the Librarium will showcase the latest in equipment and technology. Kim Johnson, Library Deputy Director and Chief Innovation Officer, says the project will serve as a trial run for hi-tech services that could become of the new library’s menu.
A special bed bug sniffing dog is brought in to check out Tulsa’s Central Library after some of the critters are found in chairs in the building. Library officials say it’s not an infestation, but the library was closed temporarily and chairs where bedbugs were found removed after a patron was bitten. Miss Liberty Belle, a beagle trained to sniff out bed bugs, was brought in to use her talents in the library. Glenn Collymore is her trainer. He says she sniffs out the bugs and then paws the area to alert when some are found.