The Austintown Public Library branch will temporarily close beginning Monday, May 14 for some renovation work. The branch will be getting a new floor covering and is expected to reopen in mid-June.
"Wooden flooring in the entrance and center aisle of the library is worn and in need of replacement," said Janet Lowe, public relations director for the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. "The wooden floors did not hold up as well as we had anticipated when we installed them 10 years ago."
She said carpeting and ceramic tile will be used for the new floor covering.
The project is expected to cost $39,908, with work being done by The Home Works and AFC Advanced Floor Coverage. Lowe said the money is coming out of the library's building and repair funds, which are part of the annual budget. She said the Austintown branch is getting a lot of use since it opened in 2002. It's getting even more since the new AMS school building opened.
"We have seen an increase in traffic with the new school," Lowe said. "The Austintown Library is one of the busiest in our library system."
The library will extend due dates on items checked out at Austintown Library that would have been due back during this closed period. Extended use fees for items checked out at Austintown Library will not accrue during the days the branch is closed.
Book drops outside the Austintown Library will be available while the branch is closed. Materials can also be checked out and/or returned at any of the other public libraries in Mahoning County.