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Remodeled Catlettsburg Branch of Boyd library to reopen Thursday

Feb. 09, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. -- The reopening of the remodeled Catlettsburg Branch of Boyd County Public Library is set for Thursday, Feb. 14.

There will be a ribbon-cutting at 9 a.m., after which people can tour the building, enjoy refreshments and enter to win an eReader. The branch will be open until 6 p.m.

The branch, located at 2704 Louisa St., has been closed since Sept. 29, for an overhaul. The branch has a new roof, new wiring, lighting and ductwork.

Moving the ductwork added more height to the middle of the building. There are also new ADA-compliant restrooms, and new paint, carpet and furniture, along with a new meeting room.

Improvements have also been made to the front desk and the children's area.

The 2,400-square foot Catlettsburg Branch is a former dress shop. It opened in September 1983, with 3,000 books on its shelves. Before the remodel, it held nearly 13,000 items.

TSHD Architects of Ashland oversaw the remodel, and Portco Inc. of Portsmouth, Ohio, was the contractor. The contract included "green" specifications, which means much of the material removed from the building was recycled, and energy efficient lights and fixtures were used.

KPC Architectural Products of Lexington did the public space layout, including furniture, the new circulation desk and shelving.

The project cost about $170,000 for the physical remodel, and another $60,000 for interior furnishings. The funds had been in the library's capital outlay budget for about three years.

Regular programs at Catlettsburg will resume as soon as the branch reopens. The first one is an adult craft program, making chalkboards out of old picture frames, on Saturday, Feb. 16.

The branch has a weekly Toddler Time, at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays.

Barbara Biggs, who was recently hired as BCPL's Branch Manager, will oversee the Catlettsburg Branch, as well as the Kyova Branch, which is located in the Kyova Mall. The phone number at Catlettsburg is 606-739-8332.

For more information about library programs and services, visit www.thebookplace.org.