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Marlow getting ready to unveil new public library

MARLOW, Okla._Marlow bookworms are rejoicing as the city prepares to complete its brand new state-of-the-art public library.

The project has been over eight years in the making after the city outgrew its small library nearly a decade ago. Now as final touches are added to Marlow's old armory building, both patrons and officials alike are breathing a sigh of relief.

These books have called the old 3,000 square foot library home for nearly 40 years. Now the City of Marlow is demanding more books, more computers and more space so they're hitting the road and arriving at their new 16,000 square foot city library.

Library Director, Lois Bannister, can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel as the old Marlow armory gets the final touches on its newest transformation. For Bannister over at the old building, it's been a long time coming.

"We have to be very careful when we plug something in or we'll blow fuses,” said Bannister. “We were able to fit in four computers and that's all we could fit in."

Since the 1970's, everything from computers to children's programs have all been in one room. That's all going to be a thing of the past come summer and Marlow's youngest patrons will be the first to benefit.

"We were able to get a grant for $39,500 for programming and books for children. That's going to be able to increase our children's area which we need to do," said Bannister.

"Three conference rooms, a caterer's kitchen, and all the library space we could ever need," said McPherson.

Throw in a full-fledged computer lab complete with classes and an entire children's center and city administrator, Jason McPherson, says the $1.7 million price tag is well worth it.

"It's not taboo to invest in recreation and education for your community. You gotta take care of your infrastructure and such as that, but to have something like this, it's not wrong, it's right to have something like this and I think we'll see that when these doors open," said McPherson.

"Got lots of plans lined out, we're just waiting to get in," exclaimed Bannister.

Organizers aren't sure when they'll be able to move in just yet, but they hope to have summer programs launched by June 1.

Since the old building sits adjacent to Marlow High School, the City of Marlow says it hopes to donate the old library to the school district after the big move.

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