The Herald Bulletin

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Local Education

May 23, 2014

Alexandria library to get makeover

ALEXANDRIA — The Alexandria-Monroe Public Library will get a makeover this fall after the Madison County Council approved $360,000 for the project.

The plans call for work mainly to the ground floor including a new main desk and relocating bookshelves for a more efficient design allowing the library to add to its collection.

The library’s director, Montie Manning, said funds for the work have been anticipated for 10 years when he took over the job.

“This project is something I’ve wanted to do for awhile,” Manning said. “We’re excited to get started.”

Manning said the library was at a point where it couldn’t grow anymore.

“We wanted to do something where we had room to grow but didn’t increase our building’s square footage,” Manning said. “So the project is going to be a lot of rearranging on the first floor.”

Some small nooks will also be removed to create more open space.

“There will be some demolition and the library could be closed for a short time, but it won’t be anything major,” Manning said.

The focus will be on the building’s interior. No work on the outside of the library is scheduled at this time.

Manning said this is a step to make the library even better for its patrons. He said the new space will be more inviting, make it easier for people to find books and allow for more books, movies and audio files to be available.

“We’ve had some drawings of what we envisioned and we’re very excited about it,” Manning said. “We think this is really going to help continue to build the library.”

The exact start date for the project has not been finalized but Manning said it will take place sometime in the fall. He said he needs to talk to contractors before a start date and timetable for completion can be finalized.

The library derives part of its funding through taxes and the county council has an appointment to the library board of directors.

Follow Zach Osowski on Twitter @Osowski_THB, or call 640-4847.

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