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Trying to keep up

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sue Tangeman, director of the Sikeston Public Library, looks over the area around the stage in the east part of the Sikeston Public Library's basement. The library's board members hope to renovate the area for an expansion.
(Photo by Scott Welton, Staff)
Sikeston Public Library to expand into basement


SIKESTON -- Sikeston Public Library board members are looking downward to keep up with the number of users.

"Our children's library services keep expanding," said Greg Colwick, president of the library board. "We're getting more numbers and our programs are getting bigger and involving more kids. We need to look at the feasibility of expanding for all those children's programs and services."

Children's books and programming used to be located in the east part of the library's basement until the American Disabilities Act went into effect in 1992 forcing the library to move all public areas to the main floor.

"It became just an unused space, for the most part," said Sue Tangeman, the library's director.

"The only way to get down there is with stairs," said Bob Depro, a former board member now serving as the Sikeston City Council's liaison to the board. "With ADA requirements, we have to have an elevator."

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