North Bend residents are seeing the dream of a new library come to fruition.
Walls began going up this week on the building at 13th and Main streets.
"We're hoping construction will be done by the end of the year with us moving in sometime after the first of the year," said Jana Post, chairman of the North Bend Library Foundation.
Area residents have raised almost $1.3 million for the 7,150-square-foot library which will include a computer lab, genealogy room, children's room and community room. Lacey Construction of Wahoo is general contractor for the handicapped accessible building.
Plans began years ago to replace the city's current 100-year-old Carnegie library at 140 E. Eighth St.
The North Bend Area Community Foundation, Fremont Area Community Foundation, Hazel R. Keene Donor Advisory Fund, and a challenge grant from the Peter Kiewit Foundation.
The foundation met its original $1.2 million goal, but is continuing to accept donations for items, such as landscaping, that have gone beyond the original cost, Post said.
Work continues on determining what types of furniture, fixtures and other items will go in the library