OVERBROOK — Construction has begun on a $1.6-million dollar expansion and renovation of the Overbrook Public Library.

The new library space is expected to offer more room for books and computers, as well as an expanded children’s area. The project also includes a large community room with a kitchen. The library and community room areas are designed with flexibility in mind so that they may be used independently of each other, when necessary, library officials said.

“It will be a great resource for the Overbrook community for decades to come,” Marni Penrod, Overbrook Library board of trustees president, said.

Sparked by a gift from the late Glen and Claudine Norton, the project also is funded by a Community Block Development Grant from the Kansas Department of Commerce, the W.S. & E.C Jones Testamentary Trust, and pledges from area families and businesses.

Don Schultz, Overbrook mayor, was among those applauding the project.

“As mayor, it’s a tremendous compliment to our city to see the Overbrook community involvement in this project with this much gusto and monetary support,” Schultz said. “Overbrook is an excellent example of quality of life and quality of people.”