Library gets fencing approval

After months of discussions on reopening the entrance to the Welch Children’s Wing at the James V. Brown Library, the library’s board of trustees were notified at Thursday’s meeting that plans are in place to reopen the entrance.

Barbara McGary, executive director, announced that the library’s proposal to erect fencing along Market Street in front of the entrance was approved by city council, which will allow use of the entrance to the children’s wing. The fencing will create another barrier between children and the busy street.

The reopening of the entrance, which was closed in 2010, was a topic of discussion at the library board meetings since the summer when the board first voted on exploring its reopening.

The fencing will be the same fencing used at library namesake James V. Brown’s home property.

McGary also noted that Keith Bauer, facilities manager, was able to have all of the materials and installation costs donated to the library, so there will be no cost for the project to the library.

“We will be opening that entrance as soon as (the work is) complete,” McGary said.

In other business, McGary also notified the board that the Scranton Public Library is allowing the Brown Library to use 250 copies of “The Great Gatsby” for its One Book, One Community program.

Shirley Alters, chief financial officer, also noted that the library is “on target” to be within budget for the year.

She explained that some areas were higher than expected, but were evened out by others that came in lower.