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Library remains shut after renovation

The renovations at the White Hall Public Library were started over the winter and wrapped up this summer, but with high covid-19 case numbers in Jefferson County, it remains closed.

The $270,000 revamp of the 8,580-square-foot library included the addition of two four-person study rooms, a lounge and four computers dedicated to teenagers, one family computer and one preschool computer.

The 24-seat conference room was given a face-lift, the old carpet was ripped up and replaced with a hard-surface floor, and new furniture was placed throughout the library.

Fred Reed of the Reed Architectural Firm of Pine Bluff was the lead architect on the White Hall renovation, while East Harding Construction of Little Rock oversaw the work.

Ellen Bauer, the head librarian, said, “I like it. We are looking forward to welcoming our patrons back … as soon as we can.”

The 41-year-old library, at 300 Anderson Ave., is part

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Pleasant Valley Free Library hopes to expand, renovate after fire


Multiple agencies responded to a fire at Pleasant Valley Library Tuesday.

Poughkeepsie Journal

The expansion and renovation of the Pleasant Valley Free Library is expected to break ground two years after a basement fire ravaged the building. 

The fire reached up to the third floor on Nov. 6, 2018. However, the library’s building has since been declared as structurally sound, said Joy Dyson, board of trustees president.

“We’ve received our¬†insurance money from the fire, and the board decided to rebuild in the location,” Dyson said. “Because of the fire, we have to meet all ADA standards for current 21st century requirements.”


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Gainsboro Library to close for improvements | Latest Headlines


The Gainsboro Library

The Gainsboro Branch Library in Roanoke will close its services Tuesday for a renovation that will include new paint, new carpet, patio furniture, redesigned children’s and teen areas and other improvements.

The library will end curbside services and close its book drop, which have been available to patrons since Roanoke libraries reopened following pandemic-related closures. The renovation work should be completed early next year.

The building underwent an extensive $1.1 million renovation that was finished in 2009. In addition to cosmetic improvements, upcoming work will include new books, shelves, upgraded technology and a redesigned Virginia Y Lee Room, which is named in honor of the woman who spearheaded the effort to build the library in the early 1940s.

The Gainsboro Library has been a hub in a historically Black neighborhood since it opened in 1942 during segregation. The red-brick, Tudor Revival

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