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Library to get new carpet
Building to be closed all week
A violent rainstorm caused significant water damage to the library carpet in September 2007. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/file
      Beginning Monday, the Statesboro Regional Library will close for the entire week as new carpet is installed on both floors of its South Main Street building.
       Assistant Library Director Cora Fey said it has been nearly 15 years since the last time the carpet was changed.
       "We get a lot of people through here - several hundred people - every day," Fay said. "You know how often you have to change out your carpet at home, so you can imagine it in a public building.
       "It's overdue and, boy, it's going to look nice. We've got the parking lot done, we've got the wireless up and moving and now we're going to have new carpet. We're going to be in the right century."
       In September 2007, part of the library roof collapsed after a particularly hard rain storm, which damaged a portion of the interior and saturated the carpet with water. That event also contributed to the decision to redo the carpet.
       County Manager Tom Couch said the total project will cost around $98,000 dollars, half of which will come from the library budget and half of which will come from the county's budget, via the 2002 Special Local Option Sales Tax fund.
       "We budgeted funds for the project in our (current) budget," Couch said.
       Couch said about 55 percent of the library's funding comes from the county and the remaining amount comes from a variety of sources, including the state of Georgia, the Bulloch County Board of Education, the United Way, as well as various grants and donations.
       During the week, workers will install carpet on the first floor of the library while the library is closed. On Aug. 10, it will reopen to patrons, but they will be restricted to the first floor as workers continue to install carpet on the second floor. Fay said library visitors will still be able to access second floor items such as compact discs and audio books since they will be temporarily relocated to the first floor.
       "A lot of (the second floor) is offices and we can make arrangement for the CDs and those types of things to be available downstairs, so we only have to be closed one week," Fay said. "They'll have access to the (A/V materials), just in a different place."
       Fay stressed the book drop will continue to remain accessible during the week the library is closed. Also, she said library staff arranged the due dates or recently checked out materials so they will not be due during the week the library is closed. However, library users are encouraged to check the date stamped on their checked out materials to find the correct return date.
       Fay also said some library patrons may receive notices about reserve materials being available on a date when the library is closed.   Those individuals will not be able to obtain the reserved resources until Aug. 10 and return dates can be adjusted if necessary.
       Regional libraries in Claxton and Metter will be open this week during regularly scheduled hours.

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