It takes a village to raise a library, and many of them showed up to celebrate the halfway point of construction at the West Tisbury Library last week. Foundation work is complete on the $6 million project and framing on the building has begun. The “topping off ceremony” marked the placement of the highest beam. Building committee members, library foundation members, selectmen and trustees participated in the ceremony.

After nearly five years of planning, grant applications, and fundraising, construction on the new building began at the start of the year. The newly expanded library is expected to open in late 2013 or early 2014.