Mt. Vernon Register-News

December 29, 2012

Library plans to renovate

By ROSIE GITHINJI
rosie.githinji@register-news.com

MT. VERNON — Since being built in 1904, with additions added in 1982, C.E. Brehm Memorial Library is updating its space.

Director Bill Pixley said now that the work on the main entry way has been done, it is time to begin renovating the second floor of the library.

The carpets are about 30 years old and the walls have not been painted for about 15 years, he said. Renovations are going to begin in January and last through February.

“It’s time to make some new renovations to this one [building],” Pixley said. “We hope not to have any more major renovations for at lease the next two years. We have had all the renovations that the staff and the public can handle for a while.”

During the renovation of the second floor, parts of the second floor — and at time the entire floor — will be closed to the public.

Pixley said there is  a tentative schedule set, but may be subject to change. The tentative schedule is as follows:

n Jan. 2 - Jan. 15, the fiction collection will not be available;

n Jan. 16 - Jan. 29, the non-fiction and teen collections will not be available; and

n Jan. 29 - Feb. 8, the second floor will be completely closed.  

Pixley added that sometime later in February, the second floor will again be closed so carpeting can be installed, which should take about a week, but no dates have been set yet for that project.

The first floor, and children’s department on the third floor will be open while the renovations are taking place during regular library hours, Pixley added.

There is a special reserve fund for projects such as these. Other updates to the library in the past few years include additional lighting installed in the parking lot, updates and renovations to the children’s floor and updating the main entry way to the library.

Pixley said the staff at the library wants to ask the public for patience during the renovations. For more information contact the library at 242-6322.