The Dresden Library is getting a makeover this summer, albeit a delayed one.
A fresh floor, furniture and windows are set to be installed during a three-and-a-half week period. But due to COVID delays, the work will close the library almost as soon as it reopened.
“We do recognize that ideally yes, this project would have been done when there were many months when we were operating limited service and there were even months when we were unfortunately closed to the public,” says Sarah Hart Coatsworth, manager of Marketing, Outreach and Programs for Chatham-Kent
“At all times we want to try and reduce the impact to our patrons and the community. We don’t want to close the library if we don’t have to.”
Ultimately though COVID had other plans. Delivery of the floor was delayed and contractors were held up with other projects. Work is now set to begin Aug. 12 with the library slated to reopen Sept. 7.
Coatsworth says given pandemic uncertainty, “We’re happy to have the work done and we’ll take it when we can get it.” She's confident all work will be done in the quoted timeframe.
The eye-catching pink tile floor, well worn after years of use, will be replaced with a new vinyl composite base. Along with a recent paint job it will provide “a whole new look. It’ll be nicely refreshed for people to use,” says Coatsworth.
The library is getting another lift, literally, via a new adjustable ergonomic front desk. Staff can adjust it to work sitting or standing as well as assist patrons of different heights.
Finally the basement windows will be getting an upgrade. “This is a fairly old building and the windows in the basement need replacing. We’re hoping that will help retain heat in the winter and cool in the summer and give us a little bit of improvement that way,” says Coatsworth.
All services, including curbside pickup, will be on hold during renovation. Coatsworth advises people to visit either of the nearby libraries in Thamesville and Wallaceburg or to check out the virtual library.
Coatsworth says the two days before closure, Aug. 10 and 11, will feature expanded hours from 10 am to 5 pm “so people can come in and stock up on library materials for the period we’re closed.”
Alex Kurial, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Independent