If you’ve been by the Maumelle Library, you can see that the remodeling and expansion project has begun. They are working on a 1,377-square-foot addition, which will allow the Maumelle Library to add five new study rooms and one additional meeting room.


I was glad to see that space will also be made in the existing building for a children’s program room. The current children’s space is way too small and is somewhat kid-unfriendly. Youngsters need room to stretch out and make a little noise. They are the future of library use.


Other features to be included in the renovation are an upgraded HVAC system, LED lighting and new interior finishes. The expansion also includes 38 additional parking spaces.


Funds for the $1.954 million addition and renovation are provided through bonds issued by the Maumelle Facilities Board in December 2016. The library opened in its current location in 1996. In 2016, the location served more than 125,000 visitors and circulated 179,630 items.


At some point, the branch will have to close to complete interior renovations. That should happen late this year. No word on how long it will be closed.


The project design was completed by Fennell Purifoy Architects. Flynco is providing construction services, with interior design services from Julie Grisham Interiors.


I often use the library to work. Since I work out of my home, it helps to get out and enjoy the view of the fountain in Lake Valencia with no distractions. Give it try sometime. We are lucky to have a soon-to-be-even-better facility.


I’ve been breached


For the first time to my knowledge, I was part of a breach. You were too, most likely. It seems only about 143 million of us may have our personal information compromised, according to Equifax one of three big national credit-rating outfits. They say the information accessed in this breach includes names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. In addition, credit card numbers for approximately 209,000 U.S. consumers, and certain credit dispute documents with personal identifying information for approximately 182,000 U.S. consumers, were accessed. That’s 143 million of us! Here are a few symptoms that may indicate your private information may have been stolen:


Receiving unexpected bills or collection calls. Getting an account statement for an account that you did not authorize is an indication that an individual may be the victim of identity theft. Likewise, getting collection calls from a creditor or debt collector regarding an account that you did not authorize is an indication that you may be a victim.


Not receiving expected bills or account statements. If a monthly credit card statement stops, this could be an indication that someone has stolen mail or changed your account statement mailing address. Promptly report this to the account provider.


Having a credit application denied when there is no reason to believe there is a problem with your credit history. Be sure to periodically review the credit report, and always review it again before making an application for credit on a big purchase.


You can visit www. ArkansasAG.gov to get the latest information about the data breach. Visit www.equifaxsecurity2017.com to see you if you made their list. According to the experts, if your information has been compromised, you should freeze all of your credit, which entails visiting the credit reporting services. Just Google “credit freeze” and you’ll get more information than you want.


Update on injured officer


According to Maumelle Police Chief Sam Williams, injured Officer Chris Cruse continues to improve and will begin physical rehabilitation this week. Send your best wishes to Officer Cruse c/o Maumelle Police Department, 2002 Murphy Drive, Maumelle, AR 72113. Donations to the family can made at the Arvest Bank near Wal-Mart.


Academics Plus to cut the ribbon on new facilities


cademics Plus Charter Schools invites the community to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Maumelle Charter High School. The ceremony is Wednesday, October 18, at 1:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.


The new high school features 32 classrooms, two science labs, a band room, a cafeteria and a gymnasium. The keynote speaker will be Johnny Key, Arkansas commissioner of education.


I ain’t never seen nothing like it


The crowds are pouring into Chick-fil-A and cars constantly line the building. Now the new Sonic is open and the volleyball court and playground are busy. I wonder how long it will be before there is a need for a red light at Audubon and Maumelle Boulevard? Now, what happens to the old Sonic? Rumor a year ago is that it would be the location of a new Mr. Pancho’s.


There is a rumor that Popeye’s may be coming and is building near Wal-Mart. I does like me some Popeye’s.


Hearts are broken. Lives are shattered. Las Vegas will never be the same. The outrage and cacophony of social media pale to the real horror of the day. Maybe it’s time to be quiet for a bit and bury the dead and tend to the wounded.


See you on the Boulevard.


Neal Moore is a public relations and advertising consultant and freelance writer. If you have a community concern, Maumelle news tip or if you’re just irritated about something, contact him at neal.moore@sbcglobal.net. Follow him on Facebook, Linkedin or Twitter, @kneelmore.