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Library Board approves building enhancement projects

Two projects were approved by the James V. Brown Library’s Board of Trustees at their monthly meeting this week.

The brick around the steps leading into the library at the State Street entrance are showing signs of deteriorating and will be replaced with concrete, according to Kristin Caringi, chief financial officer/chief operations officer.

The board approved Sanso Concrete’s bid of $8,960 for that project.

Updates to the bathroom in the adult computer area were approved by the board.

These will include new tiles, ceiling and floor in order to make the area easier for the maintenance staff to clean, Caringi said. The contractor for that project is Masters Contracting. Cost will be $14,915.

Both projects would be funded through the library’s Capital Improvement Fund.

Board members were also alerted to an upcoming project, the replacement of the doors on the outdoor elevator adjacent to the State Street entrance to the library. Although there is an awning over the elevator, the doors are corroded from being exposed to the elements.

The idea is to replace the steel doors with aluminum to prevent corrosion.

The facilities committee has not received quotes for replacing the doors as yet, but Caringi said that they just wanted to give the board advance notice that the project will be coming to them for approval.

In her report to the board, Barbara S. McGary, executive director, shared that she and representatives from the county’s other libraries had attended a recent Lycoming County Commissioners meeting.

She noted that they had talked about the impacts that the libraries have countywide in terms of return on the county’s investment of $1.3 million.

“The numbers are just astounding, so I thought it was really important that we go over that investment with the county commissioners,” McGary said.

McGary reported that the OverDrive Digital Magazines will now be available to the 504,000 people served at the library’s 11-county district. There are currently over 3,000 digital magazines.

Last month, the library had 6,973 in-person visits and another 6,832 individual visits online. They also process 104 passport applications; loaned 30,266 physical items and another 6,868 electronic materials.

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