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Library carpet to be upgraded

Carrie Moore
Published: Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Hundreds of books fill every available space at the Custer County Library as the building receives a face lift. The library is closed this week as the old carpet is ripped out and new carpet laid after 32 years.

 

After a week of being closed, the Custer County Library will have a slightly new look when it reopens Monday. While not a major renovation per se, the removal and improvement of the carpet has been a long time coming — 32 years, to be exact.
“The carpet has been here since the library was built in 1982,” said librarian Doris Ann Mertz. “The carpet was high quality and withstood the high traffic in the library quite well over those 32 years.”
In recent years, the carpet has caused a few problems, mostly during times of high humidity.
“It does tend to ripple a bit and could be a tripping hazard,” Mertz said. “But it’s time for it to be replaced.”
“The carpet does still appear to be in good shape in parts, but when we moved some of the bookshelves, you could see the damage,” said Jim Lyndoe, supervisor of county maintenance. “It should be really nice when it’s done.”
The task of replacing the carpet begun last summer was headed by Lyndoe, who requested money for the carpet from the building fund in his 2014 budget. 
“The commissioners didn’t question it at all,” Lyndoe said. “They want to keep their buildings to a certain standard, so this carpet needed to be done. They weren’t surprised that after 32 years, the carpet needed to be pulled.”
After the budget was approved, Lyndoe and the library staff looked at samples from Shanklin Installation and Sales of Custer and had the floor measured.

After a week of being closed, the Custer County Library will have a slightly new look when it reopens Monday. While not a major renovation per se, the removal and improvement of the carpet has been a long time coming — 32 years, to be exact.

“The carpet has been here since the library was built in 1982,” said librarian Doris Ann Mertz. “The carpet was high quality and withstood the high traffic in the library quite well over those 32 years.”

In recent years, the carpet has caused a few problems, mostly during times of high humidity.

“It does tend to ripple a bit and could be a tripping hazard,” Mertz said. “But it’s time for it to be replaced.”

“The carpet does still appear to be in good shape in parts, but when we moved some of the bookshelves, you could see the damage,” said Jim Lyndoe, supervisor of county maintenance. “It should be really nice when it’s done.”

The task of replacing the carpet begun last summer was headed by Lyndoe, who requested money for the carpet from the building fund in his 2014 budget. 

“The commissioners didn’t question it at all,” Lyndoe said. “They want to keep their buildings to a certain standard, so this carpet needed to be done. They weren’t surprised that after 32 years, the carpet needed to be pulled.”

After the budget was approved, Lyndoe and the library staff looked at samples from Shanklin Installation and Sales of Custer and had the floor measured.

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