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Paris library will close for renovation

The Gattis-Logan County Library in Paris will close on July 8 for a $274,000 renovation of its interior.

The building is expected to be closed for eight or nine weeks while the renovation is completed, the interior is cleaned and shelves are re-stocked, according to County Library Board members Lynn Wright and Ellen Phillips, both of Paris.

Bids for the work were advertised in November and Milestone Construction Company of Springdale was the only bidder. The price for their work is $244,500. The library will spend another $30,000 for a free-standing book deposit and some new shelving.

The work will include a new ceiling, new flooring, painting, updating the heating and air conditioning system, moving computers into the existing genealogy and reference room, new furniture, a new circulation desk, new flooring, a new magazine rack, new caulking around existing windows, making the existing foyer more energy efficient and other work.

The new shelving, Wright and Phillips said, will be more “efficient and handicapped accessible.” Some of the exiting shelving will not be replaced, they said.

“We’ve been talking about this for more than a year and I’m excited about this,” said Wright, who is chairman of the County Library Board.

The work marks the most extensive renovation of the building since a 2,070-square-foot expansion was completed in 2004. The expansion houses the library’s children’s literature collection.

Wright and Phillips said they will check with the Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System about making books available during the closure. The Gattis-Logan County Library is a member of the system. Patrons can also download books from the regional web page and cardholders at the library in Paris will also be able to check out books at other libraries in the system.

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