The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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November 1, 2013

Library is ready to turn the page

Medina Journal-Register — Two years of planning will pay off today, when Lee-Whedon Memorial Library reopens to the public.

The Medina library closed in late September for a complete interior overhaul.

Visitors who head back to Lee-Whedon, which will keep regular hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, will notice many changes.

The ceiling tiles have been completely replaced and the grid holding them aloft is white instead of black, creating a bit more light. In several areas of the ceiling there are “clouds” hanging down that include pendant lighting.

Next to the meeting room is a newly designated teen area, which has been partitioned with an additional wall featuring a circular opening. 

Perhaps the most recognizable changes are the library’s new layout and color scheme.

Until it closed earlier this fall, the library featured a rigid shelf line and plain white walls. It now has shelves set up at an angle to maximize interior space, and the walls and carpeting are a variety of colors, including shades of blue, tan and green.

“We have a better flow now with this new configuration,” said Catherine Cooper, Lee-Whedon librarian. “There is more light and it’s a more pleasing layout since it is not so linear.”

Both the adult and children’s sections feature the angled appearance.

Cooper noted that some of the library’s new “embellishments” have not yet been completed, but they were not enough to stop the library from opening on its pre-scheduled date.

Walking around the facility, Cooper pointed to the freshly coated walls and the new carpet as “complimentary” and the additional lighting over the main desk and the stage area through soffits. She talked up the additional power that’s found throughout the library now.

“We have new furniture,” she said, gesturing toward some “power chairs” with outlets built in to them.

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