Renovation project coming to Knox County public library

The library has approved renovations totaling just over $90,000.

Posted: Mar 27, 2019 6:13 PM

KNOX COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - It can be a busy day of work for Peg Dawson.

Dawson says, "It's busy, it's busy. And it's never predictable."

Dawson has worked at the Knox County public library for five years. However, she also worked at the facility nearly 20 years ago. In that time she has seen the needs of the public change.

Dawson explains, "It is constant change. It's constant change. We're probably more patron oriented than we ever were."

That transformation has shown in the amount of traffic through the front doors. Library director Emily Bunyan says they see roughly 144,000 people every year.

Bunyan says, "There is a lot of wear and tear on our carpeting and other furnishings. And the library board decided to allow us to do a major upgrade."

The renovations will bring new flooring, new paint, and new furnishings on the main floor of the main building. The project will come with a price tag of nearly $90,000.

Bunyan explains, "We have so many visitors here and it's a vital part of our community. We want to make it as fresh and welcoming and safe as possible."

Improvements are set to begin by the end of summer. Bunyan says they are making plans to keep the library running during construction.

Bunyan says, "We're doing some walkthroughs and consulting with our patrons and staff about how to best use our space here. And making it as welcoming as possible."

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