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Island Library reopens after 8-month renovation
Island Library reopens after 8-month renovation

Holmes Beach, Florida -- The Island Library's 8-month renovation project came to a close and the newly renovated library reopened to the public Thursday.

The $238,703 renovation project includes reconfigured book shelves, new ceiling tiles, a new Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) system, new lighting, new carpeting, renovated restrooms, fresh paint indoors and outdoors, new Florida-friendly landscaping, irrigation repairs. 

Pics: Island Branch Library Renovation

The final cost includes a $50,000 contribution from the Friends of the Island Library went to pay for a new checkout counter and book drop area.

"We've made some vital improvements and restored an Island gem," said Ava Ehde, Library Services manager.  "The amazingly generous Friends of the Island Library enabled the design of a new public desk and a meeting room renovation, and an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) grant allowed us to put in wheelchair-height drinking fountains and desk access. It's been a true collaborative effort for a deserving community."

The library was originally built in 1982 and is now visited by more than 100,000 patrons each year. The renovation project was completed on time and on budget.

For general information about the Manatee County Public Library System, visit us on the web at www.mymanatee.org/library.

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