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Retired Art Teacher Unveils Library Highlights

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It's been eagerly awaited, and now people got a chance to get a peak inside the new $20 million Billings Public Library.

Even though they've faced difficulties along the way, including postponing the unveiling, community members are happy with the results.

Inside the new Billings Public Library is natural light and bright hues. Library Director, Bill Cochran said this is what it's all about.

"To see their faces when they walk in and just started smiling and ooh-ing and ahhh-ing at the color and the light, and going over to the coffee shop," Cochran said.

That's right! Coffee shop filled with customers, and small treats. If you ask retired art teacher, Kate Morris, about the colors, her contemporary view will sweep you away.

"Amber waves of grain, the gold is you know, and the blue's, blue sky colors is just, and that beautiful green, it's gorgeous," Morris said.

When Morris took us on a tour of her highlights, they included vintage furniture and the 44-foot story cone designed for kids.

"I am just blown away truly blown away. The children in that little story room where you look up, it's just spectacular. I want to be a kid," said Morris.

But she's not the only one who feels that way.

"The story tower is awesome. Will Bruder has done things like this in other buildings, but he's never done one this big or this awesome," Cochran said.

The library is not on normal hours yet, and the formal opening for the library will be on February 1st.

The hours it will be open (from January 6th through 12th) are 10 AM to 7 PM Monday through Thursday. On Friday, the library will resume its normal hours of 10 AM to 6 PM.

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