By Kay Whatley, Editor
Spread the word about the upcoming renovations at the Knightdale, North Carolina Library. East Regional Library closes on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at 5pm, for refurbishing. The library is expected to re-open in April 2018, with official opening date not yet determined.
To prepare the library for renovation, staff will soon be sorting and packing books. Some of the more popular books will go to other Wake County libraries where they may continue to be accessed. Other books might end up at Wake County’s annual library book sale. The remaining books will go into storage and return to East Regional Library before it re-opens. Because of changes to the library floor plan, note that your favorite books might have new locations next year.
The library will likely have new carpeting and paint, and the wallpaper will be gone. Plans include new furnishings to give the library an updated look.
The renovation is part of the 2007 Wake County Capital Improvement Plan “to build, expand, repair and renovate libraries.” According to library staff, most county libraries are evaluated every ten years or so. Depending on structural or aesthetic needs — if decor has become distractingly outdated — a library may be selected for renovations.
The current East Regional Library location opened in 1999. The upcoming renovations will be the first major update since the library’s opening. See the official announcement here. (That announcement includes suggested alternative libraries while East Regional Library is closed. Wake County libraries may be found via www.wakegov.com/libraries.)
While the library is closed, don’t worry about the librarians. They are being temporarily reassigned to other Wake County public libraries. The plan is for the staff to return to the Knightdale location in the Spring.
With questions, call 919.217.5305 or stop by the library at 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale NC — before 5pm on November 26, 2017. Note that the East Regional Library book return will be open through Friday, December 8, 2017.
The library is still holding events for the next couple of weeks. See upcoming East Regional Library events in this article.