2009-05-14 / Front Page

End In Sight For Library Renovation

Additional public funding sought
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Architect's rendering of renovated Fulton County Library Architect's rendering of renovated Fulton County Library The end is now looming in sight for officials with the Fulton County Library who are in the midst of taking additional steps to ensure the interior of their renovated, three-story facility is as up-to-date and modernized as the exterior facade.

With renovations led by general contractors from the Eagle Construction Co. of Greencastle getting under way in late August 2008, Fulton County Library Executive Director Jamie Brambley announced the tentative completion for the facility is set for the end of July. Completion at this point is judged at approximately 65 percent.

In addition to roofing dormers being removed and replaced, new drywall is currently being hung in conjunction with the new layout that will boast improved handicapped access, further shelving for books and more space for specialty and meeting areas.

The ongoing construction is funded in part by a $500,000 matching grant from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, which was in turn funneled through the Fulton County commissioners. Furthermore, a sizeable $600,000 donation was also received by the Friends of the Library from a former county couple to help offset the cost of $1.2 million project.

In spite of having to "sign off" on several project change orders that were needed for contractors to proceed with work on the building that was once a barn and was later home to the county's American Legion, Brambley remains confident the project cost will remain close to original projections.

Brambley did note, however, in order for the interior makeover to reach completion, additional money is currently being sought through a trio of fundraisers. Fundraising efforts include brick paver and children's handprint tile sales as well as a "naming opportunity" fundraiser where items ranging from shelving and display cases to specialized areas can be fully or partially sponsored.

For a contribution totaling $50, a 4-x-8 brick paver can be inscribed with the contributor's name or possibly the name of a loved one. The pavers will be placed in the patio area at the library's front entrance. Money raised from the brick paver fundraiser has been earmarked for the purchase of a new circulation desk.

Six-inch-by-six-inch ceramic tiles can also be decorated with the hand prints and names of area children wishing to lend a hand in decorating the library. The tiles can be purchased for a suggested contribution of $15 and will be displayed at various locations within the library. Times will be arranged for local youngsters to make their hand prints.

Funding obtained through the tile sales will likely go toward a new computer or possibly a new die-cut machine and other equipment that could directly benefit the children's area of the library.

All paver and tile orders must be received by July 1 in order to allow ample time for production and installation.

Library officials are also seeking full or partial sponsorships through their "naming opportunities" fundraiser. All contributors will have their name listed on the main donor display in addition to an individual plaque placed in the specific area they sponsored. Full sponsorships range from $400 for double-faced shelving up to $6,000 for the computer room.

Order forms for all three fundraisers can be obtained by visiting the McConnellsburg and Hustontown library branches or online at fultoncountylibrary.org.

Library hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library will continue to operate from its basement community room until the construction project has reached completion. Following the move back upstairs, the community room is slated to receive a face lift of its own with new carpeting to compliment previously installed wainscotting.

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