Medina Journal-Register — The Board of Directors of the Lee-Whedon Library in Medina has announced the start of a major interior renovation project. The library, which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, installed a new roof system earlier this year. The interior renovation will address several other overdue and necessary improvements to meet the growing needs of the community.
The following improvements are planned:
• A complete makeover of the interior including ceiling tiles, paint, and carpeting. New colors, fabrics and textures are being installed in an effort to provide a pleasant and welcoming environment. Lighting fixtures will also be upgraded.
• The Children’s area will be reconfigured to provide improved space for group activities. A new Teen Center will include a study area and improved technology access.
• Computer capable study areas are planned. High speed internet access points with upgraded computer technology will assure improved speed, ease of use, and security.
• The shelves and display areas will be reconfigured for increased accessibility and efficiency. All public sections of the building will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
• Several mechanical issues will be addressed including improved exterior lighting, electronic controls for the heating and ventilation systems and upgrades to the electrical services.
The bid for the project was awarded to Sicoli Construction. The scale of the project will necessitate the closing of the library for an anticipated five-week period, beginning Saturday. During this time, any items that are checked out will not be due until the reopening. In the meantime, library patrons are encouraged to visit any of the NIOGA libraries including those in Albion, Middleport, Lyndonville and Holley, among others.
With this investment in the future and the reopening of what will be a thoroughly renovated building, the board believes that Medina area residents will be able to enjoy state-of-the-art facilities in an attractive environment.
The library will be closed through Oct. 31.