Library hopes renovation project will finish this year

2012-04-15T17:45:00Z Library hopes renovation project will finish this yearBy Chas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com

MERRILLVILLE | Work on the Lake County Public Library's renovation project has progressed faster than expected because of recent warm weather, the library director said.

Crews were able to get a jump-start on brick work at the library's central branch, library Director Ana Grandfield said. The brick is replacing white panels that surrounded the building at 1919 W. 81st Ave.

Grandfield said she is pleased with the progress of the project, which started in 2011. She hopes it will be finished by the end of the year.

She said the improvements include adding more space to the building, so the library can offer new rooms, such as an area for genealogy.

More computers will become available, and the library will expand its Wi-Fi capabilities.

She said the addition of a gallery for local artists will "bring a little culture" to the library.

A new entrance is planned for the west side of the building. The library's sculpture, "The Reader," was moved from the north side of the building. It was placed above the new entrance, Grandfield said.

Some renovations may not be noticed by patrons, including the installation of a more efficient heating and cooling system.

The library plans to have the installation of the new system complete by the summer.

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