Elkton li­brary park­ing lot to close again Mon­day

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JES­SICA IANNETTA

jian­netta@ ce­cil­whig. com

— The li­brary park­ing lot will close again on Mon­day and re-open in De­cem­ber as work con­tin­ues on the first two of three planned phases of ren­o­va­tions.

The park­ing lot was ini­tially sup­pose to be closed for all of Au­gust and Septem­ber be­fore re- open­ing in Oc­to­ber. But while the ma­jor­ity of the park­ing lot did open the first week of Oc­to­ber, the lot will close again next week for re­pairs and pav­ing, said Fra­zier Walker, Ce­cil County

ELKTON

Pub­lic Li­brary com­mu­nity re­la­tions spe­cial­ist.

As when the park­ing lot was closed be­fore, the li­brar y will re­main open and pa­trons can still walk or take Ce­cil Tran­sit to the branch. The li­brary will con­tinue with the re­duced hours sched­ule it has had since Au­gust, open­ing from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mon­day through Thurs­day and from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. on Fri­day and Sat­ur­day.

The branch’s ex­ter­nal book drop will also be re- lo­cated to the front en­trance of the YMCA and any items checked out at the Elkton branch will have ex­tended due dates. Ce­cil Col­lege Elkton Sta­tion will also be host­ing some of the branch’s chil­dren’s pro­grams dur­ing the con­struc­tion, Walker said.

“We thank our pa­trons for their con­tin­ued patience,” she said.

The project ini­tially called for the ren­o­va­tions to be com­pleted in two phases. The first phase, which was to take place dur­ing Au­gust, in­cluded in­stalling a so­lar canopy in the park­ing lot to gen­er­ate en­ergy and pro­vide shaded park­ing as well as adding two elec­tric ve­hi­cle charg­ing sta­tions.

The se­cond phase, which was slated for Septem­ber, in­cluded stormwa­ter man­age­ment up­dates, the ad­di­tion of a right turn exit lane, re- pav­ing and re- strip­ing the lot and mak­ing im­prove­ments to the drive- through book drop.

Those who have passed by the li­brary in the last few weeks will have no­ticed the so­lar canopy that has al­ready been erected in the park­ing lot. In ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing shade, the canopy will also have so­lar pan­els on top to gen­er­ate en­ergy.

All these ren­o­va­tions 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. A ground­break­ing cer­e­mony for the school is sched­uled for next week and once the project is com­pleted, the Gilpin Manor and li­brary park­ing lots will be joined to al­low for more li­brary park­ing in over­flow sit­u­a­tions.

While the park­ing lot is closed, CCPL is rec­om­mend­ing that pa­trons di­rect their holds to other branches and use other full- ser­vice lo­ca­tions. Walker also noted that the li­brary’s eBooks, web­site and other dig­i­tal re­sources are avail­able 24/ 7.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IANNETTA

A so­lar canopy has been in­stalled in the Elkton Li­brary park­ing lot to pro­vide shaded park­ing and gen­er­ate en­ergy.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JES­SICA IANNETTA

Signs on the book drops out­side the Elkton li­brary in­form pa­trons that the park­ing lot will close on Mon­day.

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