POMEROY — Anyone visiting the Pomeroy Public Library now through May 2016 should expect to see some changes, as renovations to the building began Monday thanks to WAI Construction out of Piketon, Ohio. Kristi Eblin, the library’s director, said renovations will include additions to the back and front of the building and an enclosed front porch with tall windows so occupants can still view the Ohio River.
Eblin said that currently 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 down there.
There is also currently a partition on the main floor that is blocking access to certain parts of the library so that maintenance crews can work safely. Patrons will immediately notice this as they come into the library, but should know the library is remaining open throughout the project
Some books will remain behind this 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.
“We’re happy to do that,” she said.
The library driveway will also be blocked off from time to time, but is kept open as frequently as possible. Eblin said that the library has had people with disabilities call to see how they can check out a book, and said that the library staff will be willing to bring the requested book or books outside to the disabled person’s car. She also added that when the backlot is closed, Racine and Eastern Libraries have no stairs or incline and are easily accessible to anyone wanting to go inside the library.
“We want to accommodate people as much as we can,” she said.
The fenced in area in the back of the building is also no more, as crews will be expanding the children’s area of the library. After upstairs renovations, including this expansion, the porch will be worked on, then the downstairs, Eblin said. The location of the bookdrop, which used to reside in the back, is also in the front parking lot now under the library sign.
The money for this project came from the library’s own building fund, which is separate from the money used to operate the library.
“Nothing is going to be reduced in order to do this,” Eblin said.
For any questions or concerns, call the library at 740-992-5813.
Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555