FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - After several months and a few hiccups along the way, renovations at the Monroe County Library are finally complete.
The wait is finally over, hours and hours of labor, thousands of dollars being spent, and a little frustration.
Residents in Monroe County are packing out the library, and Branch Manager Debbie Melton, loves it that way.
"We are working very hard to make sure that it is for people of Monroe County and they feel ownership in the library," Melton said.
The library was closed for a little more than two months.
Mother nature and a lack of supplies being ready in time held up the grand re-opening process.
Now, Melton, and dozens of kids, adults, and kids at heart can enjoy the newly renovated facility.
"We're just all excited because it's so much more functional than it was before," Melton said.
Functionality was priority number one.
The library hadn't been upgraded since the 80's, which also meant any upgrades to the Internet services weren't going to come easy.
It took a little more than 150 thousand dollars, several thousand from the state, and private donations, to make this dream, a reality.
It was essentially a group effort.
Now residents can get access to a computer and hop online with no wait.
"Every day at 9 o'clock when we open they're lined up at the door," Melton said. "Many of our patrons, if you look around, they don't have computers at home. The ones who have laptops many times don't have wi-fi at home."
More computers, more books, but most importantly more space, and Melton has her eyes set on even more including upgrades to the meeting room and to the restrooms.