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Library expansion sprints to the finish line

The new addition to Mathews Memorial Library was bustling with activity last week as workers continued to make progress turning the former Radio Shack building (and before that, Ben Franklin then Mathews Five and Dime) into usable library space. Friends of the Library say they will need the community’s help to complete the project.

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 m...

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