Update Concerning Elkins-Randolph County Public Library

Jennifer Morgan, chairwoman of the Elkins-Randolph County Public Library Board of Trustees, has supplied the following update concerning the library’s next steps after the recent water damage:

We are very pleased to have secured temporary office space downtown to meet the needs of our downtown patrons. To be specific, we have leased the old office of T.R. Ross, which sits next to the Episcopal Church at 324 Randolph Avenue. At this location, we will be able to offer computer services, print/copy/fax services, and limited tutoring/meeting space. We also hope that we can offer books, but this will be done in conjunction with our Beverly Branch. With 24-48 hours notice, we will bring requested books from Beverly to Elkins for patrons. Although on a smaller scale, we are hoping that this location will meet the needs of our in town patrons until we can get our library back up and running.

As for our future plans, we are taking this opportunity to expand our current library. We have been working with an architect to design a space at our current location. We are adding a second story to provide much needed additional space. Our new facility will have multiple tutoring rooms, meeting rooms and conference rooms, more computers and a revamped children’s area. We will have a large classroom attached to a full kitchen so that meetings can enjoy refreshments or cooking classes can be held. The Friends of the Library group will have a dedicated office. We are still working out the details, but this will be such a wonderful rebuild for the entire Elkins/Randolph County community.

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