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Library to host open house, silent auction
Tuesday, October 08, 2013 7:55 PM

PAULDING – The Paulding County Carnegie Library and the Friends of the Library are hosting an open house and silent art auction from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.

Artists from throughout the area are being asked to donate a work of art to be included in the silent auction. The proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Library.

The historic Carnegie library is officially revealing its new interior look. The walls have been painted in natural sand tones with all window and crown moldings painted in a creamy white.

The old broadloom gray carpet has been replaced by carpet tiles of a natural pallet. A section of original wood floor in the north and south wings have been sanded, stained and refinished. The windows have been repaired, refurbished and weatherized with new storm windows and UV protecting microshades. The entire interior lighting has been remounted at ceiling height and replaced with bright energy efficient bulbs.

“The changes in the interior are phenomenal,” stated Susan Pieper, library director. “All Trades Historical Restoration LLC. handled the refurbishing project and paid attention to details that never occurred to us, like painting the air conditioning duct work to match the walls and totally transforming our vintage and still operational radiators.”

The lighting project was installed by Rob Scott from Antwerp. Scott’s company handles large electrical projects and provided the opportunity to raise the light fixtures to the ceiling level. The new energy efficient lights will potentially save the library thousands over the coming years.

There is a new teen section on the main floor off the elevator; the large print has expanded and is on the back fiction wing wall; and the biographies are in a cozy nook in the south wing next to the magazines and newspapers. The print reference collection is now next to the circulation desk in the south wing.

The public is invited to visit the library 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, bid on art work, listen to music, enjoy refreshments and relax in this beautiful old building, which is becoming one of the prides of Paulding County.

For more information, contact the library at 419-399-2032.