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Lee-Whedon packs up for big project

Posted 27 September 2013 at 12:00 am

Press release, Lee-Whedon Memorial Library
Photos by Tom Rivers

MEDINA – Today is the last day the public will see the inside of Lee-Whedon Memorial Library in Medina before the West Avenue site receives a $272,000 makeover.

Library staff have been busy boxing up the collection, which will be moved to six storage pods in the parking lot. The library will be closed beginning tomorrow for about five weeks.

In 1966, Medina opened a new public library. The inside of the 11,000-square-foot building hasn’t been altered much since then. But that will change over the next five weeks.

Lee-Whedon is paying Sicoli Construction Services of Niagara Falls $272,000 for a number of improvements, including the following:

A complete makeover of the interior including ceiling tiles, paint and carpeting. New colors, fabrics and textures will provide a pleasant and welcoming environment. Lighting fixtures will also be upgraded.

The Children’s area will be reconfigured to provide improved space for group activities. A new Teen Center will include a study area and improved technology access.

Computer capable study areas are planned. High-speed Internet access points with upgraded computer technology will assure improved speed, ease of use, and security.

The shelves and display areas will be reconfigured for increased accessibility and efficiency. All public sections of the building will be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act.

Several mechanical issues will be addressed including improved exterior lighting, electronic controls for the heating and ventilation systems and upgrades to the electrical services.

Boxes are stacked on the shelves as part of the impending relocation to storage pods in the parking lot.