Albuquerque, NM, Jan 27, 2012 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner joined City of Bayard Mayor Charles Kelley to dedicate the new $1.1-million Bayard library.
The dedication was held to celebrate the completion of construction to expand and upgrade the existing library. To complete this project it took a $370,000 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) loan and grant package from USDA Rural Development and the rest of the funding came from a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and an appropriation from the State of New Mexico legislature.
During the ceremony Brunner said, “Libraries are the heart of New Mexico rural communities. Children and adults in the Bayard area will have the opportunity to use a modern facility that will provide life-long learning opportunities.” Brunner continued, “USDA is honored to be a part of this transformational project for Bayard residents.”
The expansion of the library included a 3,400 square foot single story building addition to the existing library which now houses the librarian’s office, reception desk, new restrooms, new reading areas, a children’s study area, computer study areas, and a multi-function room.
The existing library was also remodeled with new interior lighting, new floors, wall finishes, new roofing and new exterior doors and windows. New furniture and book stacks will also be purchased for the facility. Other improvements included an outdoor reading patio, new exterior sidewalks, new parking, including ADA accessible parking and access ramps and landscaping in front and back.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at any local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov