Update On Library Renovation


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Last year, the Verona Public Library embarked on a near gut renovation that would both revive its Carnegie Library core and add new reading and meeting space. There will be a new look to the main lobby and circulation desk, more room for the library’s book collections, an expanded area for computer use, new bathrooms, indoor stroller parking and an elevator to take Library patrons from floor to floor.

The work is scheduled for completion in early December, and on Monday, Library Director Cheryl Ashley took some of her staff through the building so that they could see the progress.

The coffered ceiling over the main lobby takes shape. The original Carnegie fireplace mantel is still out for restoration, but it will be a working gas fireplace when it returns.
An elevator has been installed by the back door to allow easy access to the basement activity rooms and the top-floor book stacks.
The large window on the Gould Street addition brings ample light into the new fiction room.
A room for children’s activities has been added in the expanded basement, complete with stroller parking.
The renovation is also sprucing up the existing basement meeting rooms.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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