Medina library readies for extensive renovations

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 September 2013 at 12:00 am

MEDINA – In 1966, Medina opened a new public library on West Avenue, the Lee-Whedon Memorial Library.

The inside of the 11,000-square-foot building hasn’t changed much since then. But the place will be radically changed with a five-week construction project from Sept. 28 to Nov. 1.

Lee-Whedon is paying Sicoli Construction Services of Niagara Falls $272,000 for a number of improvements. The library will be closed for five weeks while it is remodeled and receives upgraded lighting and heating.

“We’ll have a rejuvenated facility,” said Catherine Cooper, library director. “It will bring us into the 21st Century.”

The following improvements are planned:

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.

The library’s collection will be moved into storage pods in the parking lot during the construction project. Lee-Whedon users are urged to visit any of the NIOGA libraries during the five weeks, including libraries in Albion, Middleport, Lyndonville and Holley.

Lee-Whedon recently put on a new roof on the building, a $224,000 project. The state paid half of those costs. Cooper said Lee-Whedon is applying to the state’s library construction fund to cover half of the interior project.