An expansion in Hanna that has been long anticipated is finally underway.

The Hanna Municipal Library will be expanding from 3,000 square feet to about 8,000 square feet.

"It's been a long time coming (and) we're very excited about it. Our library has been extremely busy in the area as locals frequent the place, so we are very excited," stated Pam Mathieu, Director of the Hanna Library.

"We added two program rooms, which is the bulk of this expansion. Our library hasn't expanded in years (and) it's been very difficult trying to manage out growth."

The project started back in August of 2016 and is expected to be completed on July 1, so Canada Day will end up being their grand re-opening.

"We have the morning activities in the community. We're doing a pancake breakfast, ribbon cutting, a face painter, children activities, historical exhibits (and) we have an Alberta Foundation for the Arts Exhibit up. It will be a great way for us to highlight the new area and a lot of the services we do," Mathieu outlined.

It's not a cheap project to complete as Mathieu noted the end budget was for $350,000.

"The bulk of it is from one donor actually. Sandy Van Bussel donated an endowment of $100,000 in the name of her mother who was a long time resident in the area and used to work with Hanna literacy," she concluded.

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