Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Safety Harbor Library open for business


Nine months into the $5.3-million Safety Harbor Library expansion, construction workers walk around wearing hard hats. Staff members don masks when they venture into the dusty, gutted interior of the structure. And the morning sun dries newly poured cement on the rotunda. Yet it's still a fine time to come and check out a book.

"We have a small collection of books, audiotapes, DVDs and newspapers,'' said library director Lana Bullian. "We are trying to stay open as much as possible throughout the project.''

The expansion, which began in early March, will add 9,300 square feet to the 15,000-square-foot facility, which had been overcrowded for years.

The children's library is up and running.

"It's wonderful," said Ashley Grubbs of Safety Harbor, who brings her two children to the library. "It's more accessible. You can find things easier. The children's section is a lot larger. They've done a good job."

Also finished are a meeting room, study rooms and a conference room, but those areas are not yet open.

Bullian hated to do it, but was forced to close the library for most of October so thousands of books could be transferred to a cold storage unit to prevent mildewing. Shelves were stored in a trailer.

She said the facility will close again, "so we can put everything back,'' but she's not sure when.

By April or May, when the library hosts its grand reopening, patrons will enjoy a new teen area, a business resource section, a larger bookstore, a covered book drop and a cafe-style rotunda featuring the latest releases, a comfortable lounging area and perhaps even a coffee cart.

Bullian can't wait.

"We miss all the customers,'' she said.

Eileen Schulte can be reached at or (727) 445-4153.

Yes, it's open

The Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N, remains open despite the construction. • Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. • For information, call 727-724-1525.

Safety Harbor Library open for business 11/19/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 8:25pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Authorities say cocaine is making comeback in Florida


    FORT LAUDERDALE — Drug enforcement officials say traffickers are bringing more cocaine into South Florida than at any time in the past decade.

    Traffickers are bringing more cocaine into South Florida than at any time in the past decade, officials say.  [Times files]
  2. Amid escalating Russia crisis, Trump considers major staff changes


    President Donald Trump and his advisers, seeking to contain the escalating Russia crisis that threatens to consume his presidency, are considering a retooling of his senior staff and the creation of a "war room" within the White House, according to several aides and outside Trump allies.

    President Donald Trump is reportedly considering a retooling of his senior staff. [Doug Mills/The New York Times]
  3. Karen Lugo, 13, from Tampa, holds up her IPad Mini to take a picture of herself while relaxing in the sand alongside her mother, Karen Castro (on left), at the North Beach area of Fort DeSoto on Memorial Day (05/27/13). Karen comes to the beach with her family for holidays, she said. Also present was her older brother and three cousins.
  4. For starters: Rays at Twins, with Cobb pitching with a purpose


    UPDATE, 12:34: Cash said he has been pleased with Sucre's work and is trying to find playing time for him. ... Cash also said after reading Farquhar's comments about having trouble re-focusing after getting out of a jam and then going back out for a second inning he will factor that in to how he uses him. ... …

  5. To many Americans, Memorial Day has lost its meaning


    ANNVILLE, Pa. — Allison Jaslow heard it more than once as the long holiday weekend approached — a cheerful "Happy Memorial Day!" from oblivious well-wishers.

    Sgt. Heather Lynn Johnsen, of Roseville, Calif., guards the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Friday, March 22, 1996, in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va. [Associated Press file]