ROCK CREEK - The Rock Creek Public Library recently received a facelift, after it temporarily closed for remodeling.
The library has been reopened for about a month, and patrons surely have noticed the difference.
“We repainted. We re-carpeted,” Rock Creek Public Library Director Janice Despenes said. “We added some new counter tops, which were donated.”
Before the renovations could begin, library staff had to empty out the affected part of the library - furniture was removed and over 375 boxes of books were packed up and moved.
And then the library staff - with the help of volunteers - had one day to put everything back.
“Patrons and staff members came in to help,” Despenes said.
The changes are largely cosmetic, but they are designed to provide a better library experience for patrons. Some of the furniture also was rearranged to that end.
“I’m really happy with the way it turned out,” Despenes said. “We needed updating, and the carpet was pretty worn.”
Despenes said the re-modeling is just the start, and library staff plan to keep going. Next, Despenes is eyeing the shelving units.
“Kind of like in a home, you start at one place and keep going,” Despenes said.
Despenes had a lot of help with the renovations. Special thanks go to Bob Chudakoff of Soft Touch Furniture, who donated new custom-made countertops, and painter John Hanyok, who put Despenes in touch with Chudakoff and painted the library, bathrooms, water fountain, desk, doors and many little extras. Howard, no last name given, a friend of Hanyok’s with Crandall & Company, donated his time to put in the countertop. Ale Ferrell of Carpet Mart helped the library get the best carpet for its money.
Despenes also thanked the volunteers who donated their time to help put the library back together in one day: Holly Platt and her children, Emily, Abby and Ethan; Laurie Schulze and her daughter Rachel; Shawn Swonger; Tina Page; and Robert Workman.
photo by stefanie wessell
Pictured: Rock Creek Elementary students visited the remodeled Rock Creek Public Library for story time.