Check it out Flagler library makeover includes new paint, flooring

Check it out Flagler library makeover includes new paint, flooring

Check it out: Flagler library makeover includes new paint, flooring

The Flagler County Public Library children’s room has been refloored and painted and was expected to reopen this week.

The Flagler County Public Library children’s room has been refloored and painted and was expected to reopen this week.

News-Journal photos/Mark Estes

Patrons of the Flagler County Public Library in Palm Coast may have noted that the library has been getting face lift this summer, an operation that is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

It all started with a leaky roof. The worst spot was the area around the skylights. During the summer, county workers covered the skylights in preparation for a new roof to be installed.

It’s a flat roof, which is part of the problem, said library director Holly Albanese, pointing to some shelves covered with plastic sheeting. As you can see, we have to cover some of the stacks when we have heavy rains here.

According to Albanese, the county initially allocated $250,000 for a new roof but then officials decided to go with a different roofing technology a cover. On Aug. 18, the County Commission approved the bid by Tecta America Southeast of Sanford for $49,200 for a Karnak 298 Alumin-R coating.

Once the savings were anticipated, plans were made to paint the library and replace the flooring. In July, county employees painted the library interior except for the children’s library.

The main area was painted on a Saturday night and a Sunday, Albanese said. We had to do it during closing because they needed to bring in this humungous lift. They had to take out the gate to get the lift in. They did a phenomenal job. I only had one complaint about the odor.

The other windfall from the roof savings was that the all the flooring could be redone, something Albanese said was long overdue. The flooring was originally budgeted for about $100,000 in 2006, but that was cut when the county lost $200,000 in state aid. The new flooring will cost $126,201. The painting cost $9,000 for materials.

I still have samples of this carpet and it states right on the back that it has a 10-year wear warranty, Albanese said. It was past time. We had put aside $20,000 from passport revenue and $20,000 in county funds to do a portion of the floors this year but because they got such a good price on the different type of roofing they’re going with, they decided that there was enough money left over to do all the floors here.

The library was an early voting site, so work on the floors and the children’s library had to be postponed until after the Aug. 28 primary.

The children’s library had everything completely removed so that painting and installation of the new flooring could be done at the same time.

The day after the primaries it was all hands on deck as children’s library staff and Friends of the Library volunteers packed all the books into boxes and removed everything from the walls and ceilings in the children’s library after the library closed at 5 p.m. Twelve hours later, county workers moved everything into the Doug Cisney Reading Room and some of the study rooms before the library opened.

Wood-vinyl plank flooring was installed in the meeting room and Friends bookstore, which has also been redesigned, and children’s library. The plank flooring will be installed in the Doug Cisney Reading Room after all the children’s library materials are moved back. These areas are considered wet areas, especially the children’s library, and the new flooring is expected to resist wear much better than carpeting.

Check it out Flagler library makeover includes new paint, flooring

The children’s library was in the process of being reassembled last week. Children’s librarian Brenda Ferrell, who was reshelving books with the help of a few Friends of the Library volunteers on Wednesday, said they expected to have everything back in place by this week. Not all the patrons have accepted the downtime in good spirits.

I had one little boy come to the door with a train in each hand, Ferrell said. When he saw the children’s library was closed, he dropped the toys and sat down and cried.

Next on the agenda is replacing the carpet in the main library.

The short shelves in the main library will be unloaded and moved, Albanese said. Computer desks will have to be moved. The tall shelves will not be moved, the carpet will be cut around them. There are two units in the teen center that will have to be moved. A majority of the flooring work will be done at night.

Instead of continuous carpet, the main library will be done in carpet tiles large carpet squares.

We went with a little higher end because I wanted to be made sure it lasts, Albanese said. The nice thing about it is if you get an area that can’t be cleaned you can just pull up the carpet tile and replace it.

For Albanese the work has been welcome.

We’re very excited about it, Albanese said. it will all be done by the end of September, even the roof. The Friends are working with me on a grand re-opening celebration on October 17. It’s a rebirth of the library.

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