On Thursday, May 19th AMR, Alessi Keys Construction, the Central Arkansas Library System and many others gathered to break ground on the expansion and interior renovation of the Roosevelt Thompson Library.
The expansion will allow the Thompson Library to add a teaching kitchen, three new study rooms, and a large meeting room that will be accessible after normal library hours. Funds for the $1.8 million expansion were approved by Little Rock voters through a bond refinance in July, 2015.
The Thompson Library, which opened in 2004, is named after the late 22-year-old Yale University student and Little Rock native Roosevelt Thompson. Thompson died in a car crash in March 1984, only months after earning a Rhodes scholarship. Thompson's plan was to study philosophy, politics, and economics at Oxford University in England, attend law school, and then return to Arkansas for a career in politics and public service. He graduated with honors from Central High School in 1980, where he was the student body President and member of the football team.