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Messenger library’s youth services department to receive upgrade

Project to start in September

NORTH AURORA – Work will soon begin on a renovation of Messenger Public Library’s youth services department.

Library board trustees recently approved a $196,800 construction contract with LJ Morse Construction Co. of Aurora for the project. LJ Morse Construction submitted the lowest bid.

The library has budgeted $267,300 for the project, including construction costs and other costs, such as furniture and phone wiring.

The project is set to begin the second week of September and will be substantially completed by the end of December, Messenger Library Administrator Kevin Davis said. As part of the renovation project, the youth program room will be redesigned and expanded.

“We want to expand our programming space,” Davis said. “Our programming room was inadequate to meet our needs.”

In addition, the information and service desk in the youth services department will be centralized, shelving will be reconfigured, and a screened porch will become an off-desk work room for staff as part of the project. Davis said the screened porch was “underutilized.”

Davis said the renovation is needed because the library continues to get a lot of use. In July, the library saw 15,000 patrons.

“We’re really more of a community center than your traditional library,” Davis said. “We need to better serve our patrons.”

The library plans to limit the amount of disruptions the renovation project will create.

“We will try to provide a continuity of service throughout the project,” Davis said.

In addition to the project, Messenger Public Library on Monday will launch a new website at www.messengerpl.org. Davis said the new website will provide patrons with more information.

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