Zebulon Community Library makeover begins in March

CorrespondentFebruary 14, 2014 

Zebulon Community Library branch manager Sarah Lyon helps Khloe’ Russell check out a Christmas book in December 2012.

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— The Zebulon Community Library is getting a makeover. And when the place reopens in June, it will have new furniture, a new coat of paint and an increased emphasis on its programs for kids.

The changes are set to begin next month.

Zebulon library manager Travis Horton said some people may be inconvenienced when the library closes for the three-month transformation, but he is encouraging library goers to visit nearby Wendell and Knightdale branches for their needs.

And he believes the improvements will be worth the wait.

“This is a major renovation,” Horton said. “It is part of the 2008 capital improvement project. We are replacing the roof, the heating and air, the lighting, the carpet and the furniture. We will be painting, and we are getting new shelving.”

Horton said there will be no additions to the actual building.

“The footprint will remain the same,” he said. “There will be a slight rearrangement of the furniture, but we feel it will be a more efficient use of space.”

The library’s computers will decrease from 12 to 8, but Horton does not foresee that being a problem.

“We have people who come here when their computer breaks down at their home, but we rarely have a waiting list,” he said.

Terri Luke, senior manager for facilities and security with Wake County Public Libraries, said the need for public computers has decreased over the last few years. Luke said, however, the renovation will be friendly for wireless and laptops.

Patrons can expect to see more programs for children that focus on early literacy when the library reopens, but Horton said it won’t make major changes to the other services it offers.

Senior citizen Ramona Davis, who uses the library often and meets there monthly with her book club, hopes that is the case. She also said she is not sure where her club will meet while the renovation is taking place.

“Maybe the Eastern Regional Library in Knightdale. We are not sure,” Davis said.

Davis said the book club has been using the library for quite a while.

“The library is very important to us,” she said. “A lot of us, because of our age, really don’t like to travel outside of Zebulon much. Reading is a big part of our lives.”

Davis hopes the revamped facility will continue to accommodate seniors as it turns the spotlight on children.

“I want to make sure we are going to be able to continue to meet there,” Davis said. “We have a good time, and we have had some lively conversations.”

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