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Dec 14, 2013 7:57 PM by David Jay - Q2 News

First books moved into new Billings library

BILLINGS - The first books have been put on the shelves of the new library in Billings, after the old library closed on Friday.

Many of the shelves have been emptied at the Parmly Billings Library on Saturday.

Hallett Movers, based in Chicago, specializes in libraries and will move 200,000 pieces of the library's collections.

Movers went through an opening put in a wall on Friday.

Crews started moving the Children's collection into the new Billings Public Library.

Library workers are also making transition from the Parmly Billings Library to the Billings Public Library.

"They're different types of memories," said Dee Ann Redman, assistant director of the library. "But they're all tied up with the people here and that's just been a wonderful thing. It's an interesting transition to watch ourselves somewhere where we've been for a long time kind of being disassembled and reassembled somewhere else. We're just really excited and trilled about our new library. Can't wait to show everybody."

On the third floor of the old library, kids painted some old furniture to be used in the learning tech center of the new library.

The Billings Public Library is scheduled to open on January 6, 2014.

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