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Graves County Public Library to Begin Renovations Next Month

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The Graves County Public Library is moving to a temporary location while long-planned renovations get underway at its primary location on N 17th Street.

Library Director Deana Gschwind says the library is upgrading its windows, carpeting, ceiling and insulation, electric system and lights as well as installing ADA-compliant entrance doors.  The library’s interior is also being reorganized and will feature new study rooms, projectors and a sectioned-off area for children.

Gschwind says the upgrades have been in the works for a while, but the library decided to do the renovations now to save creating a new project. 

“They started talking about it about five years ago," said Gschwind. "Basically, we went from getting new flooring and new paint to deciding to do this at the same time because, well, we’ll have to move everything to get the new flooring so we might as well do some other things to get done at the same time.”

Gschwind says not all the furnishings have been purchased, but the final cost is estimated at around $1 million. She says the money comes from library savings and donations, so it won’t result in a tax raise.

Crouch Building Associates are contracted for the renovations. Riley Architects in Mayfield were also consulted on the designs and planning. 

The library is currently closed until its temporary location opens February 2 on Paris Road in Mayfield. Gscwhind says the interior renovations should begin at the same time with an estimated completion date of June. 

Rob Canning is a native of Murray, KY, a 2015 TV Production grad of Murray State. At MSU, he served as team captain of the Murray State Rowing Club. Rob's goal is to become a screenwriter, film director or producer and looks to the likes of Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie for inspiration. He appreciates good music, mainly favoring British rock n' roll, and approves of anything with Jack White's name on it. When not studying, rowing or writing, Rob enjoys spending his free time with a book or guitar.
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