Work is nearing completion on a project to repair and install a new stone facing on the exterior ramp at the rear entrance to the library. Taylor’s Stone Masonry is doing the work on the project, which is competed except for a few finishing capstones.
Renita Barksdale, library director, said “the ramp was in very bad condition. It was coming apart from the foundation and it had several cracks that were dangerous to our staff and patrons.”
Not only has the ramp’s deterioration been halted, but it is now in good condition. The stonework added to the ramp blends it to the rest of the rear wall, which was completed last year by Taylor’s Stone Masonry.
Barksdale said that the funds to repair and improve the ramp were included in her budget request for the library, which was approved by the Elizabethton City Council in April.
With that project nearing completion, the next project is set to start Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning after the library closes at 6 p.m. each day.
That project is to create street murals on the walls of the teens and tweens section of the library to help that group to feel they have a place in the library.
The murals will be done by Christina Majic, who has completed several other works of art throughout the community.
Barksdale has already seen Majic’s work when she attended a recent event where Majic was working. She spray painted a picture of a friendly dragon in great detail in only minutes, Barksdale said.
“I felt that she understood the vision of where the library was going with the teen section,” Barksdale wrote in her monthly report to City Council.
Barksdale said the plan for the library wall is to display several images from teen literature, including the Mad Hatter, Where the Wild Things Are, dragons and other supernatural images.
Barksdale said the project will be funded with a donation given by Northeast Community Credit Union. The credit union gave the library $2,300 to remodel the teen section. The donation will pay for the mural.