The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

September 6, 2013

Carpet delay holds up Lee-Whedon renovations

By HOWARD BALABAN howard.balaban@journal-register.com
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — The well-known saying goes, “The best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray.”

In the case of the Lee-Whedon Memorial Library, plans to lay down carpet have delayed the interior renovation project. 

“We’re delayed until October because of carpet availability,” said Catherine Cooper, library director.

“We need to have all the materials available and on hand so the project can run as smoothly as possible.”

The original schedule called for the library to close early this month for about three weeks. During that time, workers were set to install new carpet, give the inside of the place a paint job, and replace the ceiling tiles. An upgrade to the electronic controls for the heating and cooling system has also been planned.

The project, which included a new roof installed over the summer, is part of the library’s overhaul to make it as up-to-date and as user-friendly as possible.

Cooper said the planning for this stage had been in the works for a year and a half. The library staff, she said, was both mentally and physically ready to close earlier this month. In the grand scheme of things, though, she said the delay was just a “minor hiccup.”

Once firm dates are known for the closure, Cooper said the public will know so that library patrons can make plans to check out and return materials at other NIOGA-affiliated libraries around Medina.