By Mike Wertman
Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — A treasure trove of reading and research materials and a popular locale for internet, wifi and fax use as well as for community programs and activities for all ages, the Lee-Whedon Memorial Library will be under going some major improvements both inside and out in the upcoming year.
The biggest project will be the installation of a new roof which will replace the building’s original 45 year old roof. Cost of replacing the 11,000 square foot roof as well as adding ceiling insulation is $220,000 of which at least 50 percent will be funded by a grant from the state Division of Library Development.
“It’s a major project but one of the bonuses will be that we will be adding insulation to the ceiling which is something the building hasn’t had,” said library Director Catherine Cooper. “We’ve had yearly maintenance done and its been patched but it is time to replace it. We’ve been anticipating this and have made budget provisions for it.”
The roof project is expected to take place in the spring and once that it completed remodeling work will take place inside the library including installation of new ceiling tile, painting, new carpeting and the addition of new storage area.
“The library board and the staff are very entusiatic to pursue this project in order to maintain the integrity and attractiveness of the building,” Cooper said.
And with an average of 250 to 300 patrons utilizing the library’s facilities including books, resource materials, internet, fax, wifi as well as kids and aunt programs, the improvements will benefit many.
“There is a lot of activity here,” said Cooper, who also points to the the very significant part that the various memorial and honorary donations which individuals, families and organizations and groups make to Lee-Whedon play in the library’s success.
“We are tremendously grateful for the support the community has shown to the library through donations as memorials and in honor of people,” Cooper said. “There are a variety of donations that people make. Those donations help us round out our book budget and the larger donations go to help with the purchase of furniture and furnishings for the library. All of the various donations are grealy appreciated.”