Officials with the Mary Wood Weldon Memorial Library signed a contract Tuesday morning with Poynter Construction of Glasgow for the renovation of the library.

A bid of $70,670.60 was awarded to the construction company earlier in the month for the project, which will be done in two phases.

The first phase involves installing new carpet and window treatments in the second floor meeting area and converting storage space located beyond the children’s area into office space for the library’s director and staff members. It also calls for relocating the genealogical and reference materials from the first to the second floor.

The second phase involves turning office space on the first floor into a quiet room and revamping old kitchen facilities, now used as office space, into a new kitchen area, and turning the genealogical and reference area into a public meeting room.

Library officials also made a decision regarding new furnishings.

Work on the renovation was not scheduled to begin until today, but crews had already torn out the carpet on the second floor.

“They’re moving along pretty well, so hopefully it will be a little over two to three months, depending exactly on how it goes. We are hoping to be back in the children’s area in time for the start of the summer reading program.”

Library officials also met in closed session to discuss the possible acquisition of property. They have discussed an interest in purchasing the former New Farmer’s Bank building on Columbia Avenue, but no action was taken.


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