Construction, renovations to begin at Tyler Library

Published on Thursday, 7 August 2014 00:13 - Written by KELLY GOOCH kgooch@tylerpaper.com

Construction and renovation will soon begin at the Tyler Public Library, the city announced Wednesday.

Work is scheduled to begin on Monday and should be complete in mid-October.

City Librarian Mary Vernau said library hours remain the same during the project. Normal hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

“We’re really excited. We’ve been waiting a long time … (and) to finally have some activity is going to be great,” Ms. Vernau said. “I’m sure it will be messy, and it will be noisy, but in the end it will be worth it. We’re really excited. It’s going to make a big difference.”

Among the proposed renovations are the children’s reading area and stacks, updates to Taylor Auditorium, renovation of bathrooms on the first and third floor, installing signage outside, and enclosing the covered patio on the east side of the library, according to a news release. The project is being funded by a $636,036 bequest from the estate of longtime library patron Joyce Kathryn Findley.

Ms. Vernau said earlier this year the library building is more than 30 years old, and the renovations will provide a fresh look.

The rest rooms at the front of the library will have a different appearance, and vending machines will be moved so there is more room at the auditorium entrance, she previously said.

The children’s area will have a “cottage front,” Ms. Vernau previously said, and in Taylor Auditorium, ceiling panels, along with a new sound system, are going to be installed.

Ms. Vernau said construction will begin with demolition work in the auditorium, and on Aug. 14, workers will start moving children’s book stacks from the west end of the library to the east end.

So she said the week of Aug. 18 will entail working on the children’s area and the auditorium at the same time. She expects work on the patio to begin in September.

Ms. Vernau said the library will be noisy and dustier than usual, but the construction activities will be sealed off from the public in order to try and contain the dust. She said the library has suspended programming in the auditorium while construction takes place.

“I hope they’ll (library patrons) be patient with us for a couple of months. They should enjoy the results,” she said.