Hiawatha Public Library awarded $468k in grants for renovations

    The sign outside the Hiawatha Public Library. (CBS2/FOX28)

    The Hiawatha Public Library has been awarded nearly half of a million dollars in grant money for their renovations and expansion.

    The $468,887 award in Community Attraction and Tourism grants was awarded by the Enhance Iowa Board.

    The library is renovating the existing 8,543-square-foot space and adding another 13,457 square feet to the facility. The construction will allow for dedicated youth and young adult areas, additional computer workstations for patrons, study room and a conference room. A new basement will create storage and house the HVAC system.

    Ground could be broken this year with expected completion of the addition in 2019.

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