April Glenwood library closure may be averted | PostIndependent.com

April Glenwood library closure may be averted

A previous plan to close the Glenwood Springs Library during most of April for a carpet replacement is on hold while library officials look at other options that would not require a full closure while the work is being done.

According to Amelia Shelley, Garfield County Public Library District director, if the new option proves feasible, the work could be done after hours and would not necessitate closing the library or reducing services.

Recently, the library noticed that the vinyl backing on the carpet was deteriorating, which was determined to be the result of high moisture levels in the concrete slab between the main-floor library and a sub-level parking garage used by Colorado Mountain College.

Initially, an April closure was planned so the carpet in the 18-month-old facility could be removed and replaced with new carpet and vapor barrier.

“We have decided to look into the possibility of using a carpet with a backing that does not react to a high pH in the concrete, rather than replacing the existing carpet with the same brand that does,” Shelley said.

That same type of carpet, called “walk-off,” is already used in the entry area of the facility, she said.

“It feels like an easier solution … and will not necessitate a lengthy closing or complete move out,” Shelley said, adding library officials are gathering bids before pursuing the new plan.

Glenwood Library Branch Manager Sue Schnitzer said the change in plans will mean programs will not have to be moved to outside facilities while the work is being done.

Besides the regular children’s storytimes and “Tuesdays At Your Library,” the Glenwood Branch is planning the final installment of its Winter Lecture Series, featuring Liz Masterson, cowboy songs, stories and poetry, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16.

Thursday morning programs for small business owners will also continue at 9 a.m. April 16 with Trent Blizzard, “How to Use Google My Business.” And the Klaus Kocher photography exhibit will remain on display through April 26.

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