About 100 people got a sneak peek at the new Lincoln Library Thursday evening.

“Wow,” was the word of the day as person after person walked through the spacious new building and commented on how nice the new library looks.

“This is something we really needed,” and “There is so much more room here,” was repeated time and again.

Sandra Holm, a retired Talladega County teacher, was hired to paint a nature mural and a few other smaller things.

“Look at the detail — it’s amazing,” several attendees said about the nature mural. “Every time I look at it I find more animals.”

Lincoln Library Director Melanie Harris said everyone in town is excited about the new library.

“We are planning to move in July,” she said.

The new library will provide:

• An expanded collection of more than 50,000 books, audio books, DVDs and periodicals.

• Quiet reading and study areas for adults, teens and children.

• A community room for civic meetings, instructional classes, nonprofit clubs, etc.

• Enhanced technological tools such as interactive media equipment, fast computers, teen internet bar and wire/wireless high speed internet available library-wide.

• A bright and inviting children’s library with natural light, child-sized comfortable furniture and shelving, story time area, computers and cozy reading corners.

O Lincoln History & Archive Room to house and display an extensive collection of artifacts that tell the history of Lincoln.

O The building is almost four times larger than the current facility, allowing improvement of services and expansion of what the library offers.

“The architect came out Tuesday and did a punch list,” said Gary Rush, project superintendent for Murray Building Company, which is building the new library. “We are working on that now. It’s typical stuff like touch-up paint and other miscellaneous items. With the sod finished Wednesday, the landscaping is about 95 percent complete. The monument sign is supposed to be here Monday to install, and we plan to stripe the parking lot and put the handicapped signs up next week.”