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by Mark Cheffey
Through the help of avid supporters, the Marion County Library has been able to complete a project to install new flooring in much of the downtown Palmyra facility.
The Friends of the Library group helped raise money to lay new plank flooring in the young adult, juvenile and younger everyone rooms.
“The new floor is something the library has worked on upgrading for a few years, and we are very happy to have
been able to finally complete the project,” said Devon Payne, the library director.
And, as she pointed out, laying new flooring in a library is not like doing it at home.
“We had to completely remove all of the books and shelving out of all three rooms,” Payne said. “To allow for the full removal of the books and shelving plus the carpet tear up and new floor installation the library closed for a full week.
“We kept on schedule throughout the week and were able to reopen on Monday, May 2.”
The project was well worth the effort, though, Payne said.
“The flooring has brought a new life to the library,” she said. “It makes the rooms feel spacious, bright, and inviting to all of our patrons.
“We are extremely happy with the new flooring and thankful for the Friends of the Library in supporting this upgrade, along with all of our staff help and volunteers.”