2nd floor reopens after library renovation


Staff Report



Jonathan Delozier | Amherst News-Times Sarah Oliver enjoys some relaxing time with a good book as she visits family in Amherst.


Modern touches have rejuvenated the second floor of the Amherst Public Library, which has reopened after two months of renovations.

“There’s a lot of books here and it’s really neat,” said 13-year-old Lindsey Oliver, visiting the library with her sister, Sarah. “There’s so much space to sit down and read. It’s a lot newer and more modern than what I’m used to. It’s good to be able to come to places like this and to learn and escape stressful things.”

The second floor was sealed off from the public in early November for about $200,000 in updates, including fresh carpet and a new layout. The bulk — about $130,000 — was in new furniture, according to library director Don Dovala.

The children’s area now features kid-sized shelves made to hold oversized picture books. They’ve been moved closer to the center of the room, giving kids more space to play and read aloud near the second floor’s large windows. Teenagers now have their own alcove in which to relax, read, and study.

The renovations spruce up the library atmosphere with bright colors and comfy couches. There are even USB plugs available now on wall outlets so you can charge your devices.

Jonathan Delozier | Amherst News-Times Sarah Oliver enjoys some relaxing time with a good book as she visits family in Amherst.

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Jonathan Delozier | Amherst News-Times Sarah Oliver enjoys some relaxing time with a good book as she visits family in Amherst.

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