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Jonesboro, AR -- Brandi Hodges Reports

Big Changes at Jonesboro Library: Construction Underway

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- Work is being done at the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library to remove asbestos from the ceiling and the floors.

Library Director Phyllis Burkett said they have been saving money for several years in their capital improvement fund to pay for this work, which they knew would have to be done if they ever wanted to make improvements to the building.

"To go up there and change the light fixtures would disturb it and would change it, so that's why we felt we had to do all of this at this time," said Burkett.

Burkett said a company specializing in asbestos removal is working in the closed section of the library to remove the asbestos completely.  Once they get that finished, work can start on adding a new material to replace the asbestos and sound proofing before new lighting can be added.

"They have put in air monitoring equipment and have sealed off the building by building temporary walls," said Burkett.

Because of all the work being done, books that usually take up the entire library are now packed into a space about half the regular size.

"All of the DVD's, all of the new books, all of the children's books, the fiction collection, the public access computers, all of the large print; all of those are available.  They're located in other parts of the building," said Burkett.

The non-fiction collection had to be put into compact aisles in an area the public does not have access to because the aisles are too narrow.  Green tape on the ground helps library patrons find their way through the maze of books.

"The public has been amazingly cooperative and understands that we're renovating and understands that things aren't exactly where they used to be," said Burkett.

In the next week they will start work on the area where the non-fiction books are located, making that area unavailable for a few days.

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