POMEROY — Progress continues on the Meigs County District Public Library in Pomeroy renovations, which originally began Sept. 14 and are expected to last into May 2016.
WAI Construction of Piketon is in charge of the renovations. Kristi Eblin, the library’s director, said the changes will include additions to the back and front of the building.
One renovation that Eblin and Chelsea Poole, assistant director, are excited about is the addition to the front of the building. The current outdoor entrance will become an indoor reading area with large windows, and the current front door entrance will become a wall, with the new entrance moved to where one of the windows opposite the front desk is located. The entire building will also receive new carpeting, as the current carpeting is from 2002, Eblin said.
One such addition that is moving along is the children’s area in what used to be an outdoor fenced in space located behind the front counter. Currently, there is a partition behind the front area of the library to keep patrons and employees safe. As of Oct. 26, the new children’s area had four walls and a roof, with construction on the roof taking place. Eblin said she and Poole have dubbed this new area the reading room.
Eblin also said the library has a bookmobile garage that is being brought up to the same level as the downstairs part of the library, allowing for more space for the meeting room. Because of this, there are currently no meeting rooms for to rent. However, Eblin said the Middleport Public Library has a basement room for use. While the room in Pomeroy’s library is not currently available for meeting space, library programs will continue to be held there. The downstairs area will also receive a new kitchen and restrooms.
Eblin said the upstairs area is being completed before the downstairs area, and the library will remain open through all construction.
Because of space limitations, some books will remain behind the partition, including nonfiction, children’s and young adult books, Eblin said. However, she added that the most popular of these have been moved to the other side of the library that is still accessible to the public, and that a librarian can fetch any book behind the partition that a patron wants to check out.
Eblin said that as of now the crew’s top priority is enclosing every new space and pouring concrete before brutally cold weather and snow potentially arrive on scene.
“We’re excited about it,” Poole said. “It’s going to change the face of the library for sure.”
Eblin said she thanked everyone for their patience during the months of construction.
“We want to thank our patrons for being patrons,” she said.
Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.