Li­brary park­ing lot to close Aug. 1

Will re-open Oct. 1

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— The park­ing lot of the Elk­ton Cen­tral Li­brary will be closed for all of Au­gust and Septem­ber as the lot un­der­goes the first two of three planned phases of ren­o­va­tions.

From Aug. 1 un­til Sept. 30, there will be no park­ing avail­able at the li­brary. The li­brary will re­main open, al­beit with re­duced hours, and pa­trons can still walk or take Ce­cil Tran­sit to the branch. Dur­ing this two-month pe­riod, the li­brary will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon­day through Thurs­day and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fri­day and Sat­ur­day, said Fra­zier Walker, Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary com­mu­nity re­la­tions spe­cial­ist.

The li­brary’s Book­mo­bile will be lo­cated at the YMCA of Ce­cil County Mon­day through Wed­nes­day from 3 to 8 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat­ur­day. Pa­trons can bor­row books from the Book­mo­bile as well as pick up any items placed on hold for Elk­ton. The branch’s ex­ter­nal book drop will also be re-lo­cated to the YMCA dur­ing the con­struc­tion, Walker

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said.

Any items checked out at the Elk­ton branch will be due at the com­ple­tion of the con­struc­tion in Oc­to­ber, Walker added.

While CCPL rec­og­nizes that clos­ing the park­ing lot will be in­con­ve­nient, Walker

said li­brary staff re­al­ized that it makes more sense to close the lot com­pletely and fin­ish the con­struc­tion faster than to close part of the lot over a longer pe­riod of time and still not have enough park­ing for ev­ery­one.

“We want to thank our li­brary users, staff and com­mu­nity part­ners in ad­vance for their pa­tience and un­der­stand­ing dur­ing these updates, which will re­sult in im­proved con­di­tions and ac-

cess in our Elk­ton park­ing lot,” said CCPL act­ing di­rec­tor Mor­gan Miller in a state­ment. “We’d like to ex­tend spe­cial thanks to the YMCA of Ce­cil County for part­ner­ing with us to cre­ate an ad­di­tional, con­ve­nient site for pa­trons to drop-off and pickup ma­te­ri­als.”

CCPL did talk to of­fi­cials from Singerly Fire Depart­ment, lo­cated across the street from the li­brary, about us­ing their park­ing, but both

or­ga­ni­za­tions ul­ti­mately de­cided that hav­ing pa­trons cross busy Ne­wark Av­enue would be a safety is­sue, Walker said.

The two-month long con­struc­tion project will lay the ground­work for the li­brary to add 100 ad­di­tional park­ing spots in 2018 when the new Gilpin Manor El­e­men­tary School opens next door. Con­struc­tion on the new school is slated to start this fall and, once com­pleted, the

school and li­brary park­ing lots will be joined to al­low for more li­brary park­ing in over­flow sit­u­a­tions.

The con­struc­tion slated to start at the li­brary in Au­gust will in­clude two phases. The first phase, which will take place dur­ing Au­gust, in­cludes in­stalling a so­lar canopy in the park­ing lot to gen­er­ate en­ergy and pro­vide shaded park­ing and adding two elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing sta­tions.

The sec­ond phase, in Septem­ber, will in­clude stormwa­ter man­age­ment updates, adding a right turn exit lane, re-paving and re-strip­ing the lot and mak­ing im­prove­ments to the drive-through book drop.

Dur­ing the clos­ing, CCPL is en­cour­ag­ing pa­trons to uti­lize other branches as well as make use of the li­brary’s dig­i­tal re­sources in­clud­ing its web­site, eBooks and its data­bases.

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