Library branches being renovated

August 9th, 2012    Author: Kristin Bednarski    Filed Under: News

Jaden Watts, 8, left checks out a book at the new self check-out station at the Williamsburg library. From left are Watts, library assistant Diane Watkins, and Makenna McRoy, 6.

Several Clermont County Public Library branches are getting face-lifts this summer with a variety of minor renovations that are making a noticeable difference.

David Mezack, executive director and operations coordinator of Clermont County Public Library, said all of renovations are being done to keep the buildings in good order.

“We try to be pro-active in taking care of the facilities,” Mezack said.

Mezack said they completed a number renovations at their Williamsburg branch last week.

He said they cleaned the exterior, painted the roof, replaced the carpet and vinyl flooring, painted the walls, renovated the bathrooms with new vanities and more.

“We’re using carpet squares so we can pull up each individual tile rather than having to replace large sections,” Mezack said about the new flooring. “The sheet vinyl is low maintenance.”

Mezack said they also re-arranged the entire book collection in the library for better use and access, and relocated the public computers.

“It opened more walking area for people,” Mezack said.

He said they also installed a new reference and circulation desk with two self check-out stations.

“I think it looks fabulous,” Mezack said. “The colors are completely different, a more welcoming and warm environment.”

Shawn Fry, Williamsburg branch manager, said he was also pleased with the improvements.

“It is a different use of space than we had before,” Fry said. “Feedback has been positive.”

Mezack said the branch had not been renovated for 12 years and was getting outdated.

He said the renovations at the Williamsburg branch cost around $220,000.

This week, Mezack said they began renovations at the Batavia branch.

He said the improvements will include new flooring, some re-painting, shelving replacements, a new circulation and reference desk with one self check-out station and more.

Mezack said the Batavia project will cost around $66,000.

The Batavia branch will be closed Aug. 6-29. Residents can return items to the bins outside of the library, or to any other branch until the library re-opens Aug. 30.

“The only other item we’re trying to get done this year is to re-paint the roof at Goshen,” Mezack said. “That alone is right around $65,000.”

Mezack said they follow a cycle when it comes to renovating the different branches.

“All of the renovations are on a 10-year cycle,” he said. “Some have been able to extend out a few more years.”

Mezack said unfortunately some exterior renovations have been needed sooner than normal though.

“The weather over the past several years has taken a toll on parking lots and roofs,” Mezack said.

Mezack said the projects they are working on this summer not only improve the aesthetics of the buildings but also improve the cleanliness.

“Replacing carpet cuts down on allergies,” Mezack said. “It’s always nicer to come into a building that is nice and clean.”

Mezack said they are also planning to slowly begin retrofitting to LED lighting at all of the branches.

“It will cost more up front but we won’t have to change the lighting every two years,” Mezack said. “Plus there will be a reduction in electricity cost.”

For more information about the renovations or the library, visit www.clermontlibrary.org.

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