The Avon Library is nearing the end of a renovation – Morning Journal

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The expansion and renovation of the Avon branch of the Lorain public library system is scheduled to open early this fall.

The branch, located at 37485 Harvest Drive, is scheduled to open to the public on September 6.

The expansion will house an interactive children’s area, including the new Kathy Petersen story time room, a teen space and a drive-thru window.

“The Avon branch is currently closed to the public, while staff move books from the old part of the building to the new,” said Jennifer Black, director of marketing for the Lorain Public Library System. “We look forward to opening to the public from September 6.”

Unfortunately, hold lockers and drop-off bins won’t be accessible during the renovations, Black said.

But the library suggests taking all returns to the North Ridgeville or Domonkas branches.

The Avon branch will continue to be closed for renovations, including the creative space, the Norton family kitchen, the eSPorts lounge and the gigantic meeting room.

Workers completed construction of the steel structure of the new 16,000 square foot addition to the Avon branch in the spring.

In August 2021, library leaders, city officials, and contractor representatives GPD Group and Gilbane Building Co. broke ground on the new addition.

It will have a reading garden, window with drive-through access, expanded meeting rooms, technology upgrades and a dedicated area for children and youth programs.

At the time construction began, crews were expected to continue working until the fall of 2022, according to plans.

When construction and renovation began in 2021, the library and Gilbane Building Co. published the Sidewalk Superintendent, a monthly newsletter with construction details for the Avon branch.

He has engraved bricks available for the Avon branch’s Reading Garden, and there’s a contest for people of all ages to create images for a new celebratory coloring book created for the branch.

More information is available at lorrainpubliclibrary.org.

Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz, director of the Lorain Public Library System, said the project is a group effort of the library, the board and the city of Avon, and they are celebrating what will be a community asset. amazing for Avon.

The $9 million project will more than double the size of the current library, adding 16,000 square feet and providing residents with a facility in step with the city’s growth since the original building was constructed in 1994.

The expanded library will total 26,867 square feet, up from the current facility of approximately 10,000 square feet, which will allow the library to meet the needs of the Avon community.

The library expansion follows the approval of a 20-year, $2 million levy in May 2020, which is expected to raise $1.9 million per year, according to figures from the Lorain County Auditors’ Office.

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