Updates on the new Frisco Public Library

The new city library funded by a $62 million bond, despite a delay after equipments for the airconditioning suffered a setback from COVID-19, is touching up its developments after IT equipment were already approved and purchased according to a Community Impact article from February 15. They say, 

The Frisco Public Library is moving from the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center into the former Beal Building at 8000 Dallas Parkway. A renovation of the building is funded by a $62 million bond, which was approved by voters in 2019 for the relocation of the library.

Frisco residents will have to wait a few more months than originally expected to check out the new city library.

Chief Innovation Officer Jason Cooley said equipment for air conditioning has been delayed by 12 weeks in a Feb. 15 City Council workshop. The project is the first during the COVID-19 pandemic where the city has encountered a “significant” issue in procurement of items, Cooley said.

“I usually tell you we’re on time and on budget: We are on budget,” Cooley said. “It is a major item that we have to have.”

Other than the delay, Cooley said the project is moving along. Frisco City Council on Feb. 1 approved purchases for IT equipment, which is expected to be in-hand around June. Building walls are beginning to be sealed, Cooley added.

“We’re moving in the right direction,” he said. “We are experiencing some of those challenges that you’ve heard about in the industry, and hopefully we can get past that.”

Additionally, the city library will be home to a massive library dinosaur that is currently being fabricated and ongoing suggestions for its names are being taken according to a Star Local Profile article from January 5 which reports, 

“Holley announced that the library is hosting a contest starting Jan. 10 and going through Feb. 6 that will allow community members to submit names for the dinosaur. Residents can visit the Frisco Library website starting Jan. 10 to submit names.

“The reason that our T. rex is a ‘she,’ just for those who are wondering, is because the first complete t-rex skeleton ever dug up was a ‘she,’” Holley said.

On Tuesday, Mayor Jeff Cheney said the model is “not an ordinary dinosaur.” While Holley said some features would be kept secret for now, she contended that the dinosaur “will do some surprising things.”

“So I suspect this dinosaur will end up kind of being the mascot for the library,” Holley said. “She can track you and she can talk to you, and so there are some other things afoot, but she is remarkable and we’re pretty excited about some of the easter eggs that we have planted in the library tied to the dinosaur. So she needs a name.”

Library Director Shelley Holley said that the result of the winning name will be announced in a couple of months.