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Monroe County Library Renovations Almost Complete

FORSYTH, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Renovations at Monroe County's public library are almost complete!

The facility is getting a brand new look.

Construction crews are putting the final touches on a renovation project that is three years in the making.

The Monroe County Library is getting new upgrades.

Debbie Melton, the library's manager, showed me at what will be inside of the facility.

"We realized there has to be a better way of use of space that we have," Melton said.

Perhaps the biggest change is something you may not see.

"Nothing has been done to the wiring in this library since 1982 when this building was built. And so as technology advanced, we were forced to run wiring across carpet and cover it with electrical tape," Melton said.

Not anymore...

New state of art wiring and Wi-Fi is installed in the building's floor.

All of the renovations at the library are being paid for using penny sales tax dollars. There's more computers, more lighting, more space all to help people get what they need from the library.

Melton thinks it's all going to help residents, especially those who use the computer.

"We have people who come to sign up for food stamps, to apply for jobs. You can't even apply for a job at Burger King anymore unless you get online," Melton said.

And while the library has been closed, staff has kept a paycheck through a partnership with Central Georgia Technical College.

They opened a computer lab for all library patrons.

Melton says what puts the biggest smile on her face is that most of the library's work was made right here in the Peach State.

"We were able to get new shelving, new furniture, computer desks," Melton said.

In case you have any questions about overdue library books that were checked out over this time the library's been closed, Melton says those fees will be waived.

The new and improved Monroe County Public Library is slated to open its doors on January 8th.

 

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