Fortunately, community support became a lot easier last week when the Mathews County Board of Supervisors allocated $50,000 for a challenge grant to match contributions dollar for dollar during the race to the finish.
Construction has been moving along smoothly. General contractor Loughridge and Company of Richmond has completed the concrete work on the floors, framed out the front façade and interior walls, and begun the process of installing skylights in the reading center for adults, which will be located in the previous outdoor space between the two buildings. When completed, the building will house the sunlit reading center, a small meeting room for the community, a staff support area, a kitchenette, two additional handicapped accessible bathrooms, and a bright teen center that will look out on Main Street through box windows.
In addition, the rear outdoor area bordered by the library, the Visitors’ Center, and the historic Thomas James Store will be turned into a paved courtyard with trees and benches and a "living wall" of plants installed on the library’s exterior.