Orland Library to close for renovations
It's time to stock up on books and reading supplies because the Orland Library will be closed for remodeling nearly all of January.
The busy library closes from Monday to Jan. 31 while new carpeting is installed and fresh paint goes on the walls.
"We will move books out of the way," librarian Jody Meza said. "We have more than 50,000 items on our shelves — that is a lot of moving."
She said last week that Orland's Public Works crews will move the bookcases and furniture for her staff, and the goal is to open the library on Feb. 3, the first Monday of the month.
Even if every book is not back in place, "we should still be able to open and be functional," Meza said, so people can start using the library again.
The Orland Free Library building was built in 1971 and retains its original green carpet and paint.
That old worn carpet will be replaced with new blue carpeting that matches the flooring installed in the new 900-square-foot meeting wing completed in August.
It is expected to cost about $20,000, Meza said, and the paint $3,500 through grant funding and help from the community.
Wood laminate is to go in the front area of the library, she said. "It should look pretty classy," Meza said.
Orland Friends of the Library members are busy raising funds for new furniture and interior lights for the building which should be installed later, Meza said.
"Being closed is going to be tough," she said. "A lot of people come in every day to use the computers and families come in every week for books. But when they hear why, they get excited about it."
Meza said a lot of new businesses are coming to Orland, and she is trying to get the building updated — so the community has the library it deserves.
"It is long overdue," Felicia Berg said last week.
"This 1960s green stuff (carpet) needs to go."
In the meantime, Berg said "I will read the books I checkout and get a lot more reading materials and books with pictures" to carry her through January.
Another user, Raymond Gomez, said it is a good thing the library is being updated. However, he added that he will go "somewhere else it is quiet to do my homework."
Julie Kiendra said she is a "little bummed" at the library's closure but plans to get some books for while it is closed.
Children's librarian Nancy Leek said she will continue her Story Time activities for children next door at the Carnegie Center.
Junior Book Club, pre-school and baby story telling will continue each week along with the monthly after-school activity for older children, Leek said.
E-books also will remain available online, Meza said, so people can access books that way.
The library just got a $2,000 grant to improve its children's section, she said. Some new furniture and activities can be purchased with the money aimed at helping young families learn.
Meza added, she plans to rearrange the shelves and make more space for the book collections as some are too crowded now.