Renovated library opens in North Versailles Twp.
By Michael DiVittorio
Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 4:01 a.m.
North Versailles Township's public library has reopened upon completion of a $10,000 renovation.
Funded by Friends of North Versailles Public Library, improvements to the community facility at 1401 Greensburg Ave. began on Jan. 2 with work performed on weekends. The library was closed for the past few weeks and opened its doors to the public on Monday morning.
“I like it very much,” library executive director Michael Kowalcheck said. “It needed refinished, refurbished, refreshed. I believe there will be more people coming up.”
The library was moved from Eastland Mall to its current location in 1995. Through the years the shelves became cluttered, overcrowded and disorganized, and a leak developed in the roof.
Librarian Michael Lamott Mason was brought on board to help with the project.
Mason said the leak was fixed and new ceiling tiles were installed. An updated color scheme was applied to the walls, doors, windows and ceiling. Other improvements included track lighting, blinds, carpeting and tile flooring.
Books were thoroughly evaluated. Some were discarded and others prepared for sale. The computer area was renovated to allow easier access for patrons. Racks were replaced and more shelving was added.
“It's a logistical improvement,” Mason said. “The aisles were crowded.”
“I'm overwhelmed,” Friends president Louise Beswick said as she looked over the improvements. “It's just a beautiful library for the residents of the township and the surrounding communities. Everyone's really going to love it.”
Declan O'Leary, 8, of North Versailles, was one of the first few readers on Monday morning to check out the new look.
Declan said he likes the easier access to different types of books.
“It looks nice,” said Henry Doerfler, a library regular. “Before, it was kind of cluttered. (Now) it looks usable.”
Beswick thanked the library staff and volunteers, including township Commissioner George Beswick, her husband and a library volunteer, for their help with the project.
Home Depot, Becky Taksel, Maroadi Transfer and Storage and Likar Roofing donated to the effort.
Hours of operation are Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The library is closed on Sundays.
A book sale is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the community center.
Patrons who spend at least $5 will be entered into a raffle for a $25 restaurant gift card. Call 412-823-2222 for more information.
Additional information about the library is available online at northversailleslibrary.org.
Michael DiVittorio is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1965, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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