SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII) - A year and a half after someone tried to burn it down, the new and improved Sherman Public Library is back open.
"It's really a labor of love for our city staff and for library planners," said Sherman Mayor David Plyler.
About a year ago, somebody set the library on fire. It had been standing since the 1970s.
The building had already been set for a $2 million dollar renovation. City officials say the fire just sped up the start date.
"When I first moved to north Texas, I heard the story about the fire at the Sherman Public Library."
That's when Sarah Whitt decided to step in and try to help make it even better than before.
"I learned they were going to remodel renovate and reinvent to get interest in the community," Whitt said.
She and other members of Friends of the Public Library set up a temporary location on East Street during the remodel, and shelved books when this building was complete.
Melissa Eason is the Library Services Administrator says she's grateful for the help.
"We're relieved we're this far along," Eason said.
"It's really gonna open up a new frontier for us. Libraries are changing from what they were, and they'll continue to change. Were adapting growing," Plyler said.
Eason said there are new features like a children's playroom with a puppet theater, a new centralized desk, new heating system and a coffee bar.
And outside there is still work to be done.
"The city has approved a park, the "Harmony Park." The Friends is organizing corporate sponsorship's to put outdoor musical instruments for a family experience," Whitt said.
The library will open its doors to everyone on Monday and the Friends are hosting a party for families on the 18th.
"This is an exciting day for the city of Sherman," Plyler said.