PARDEEVILLE — The Angie Williams Cox Public Library is open for business, but even its biggest fans would say that the browsing isn’t especially good these days.
Nearly all of the library’s books are in storage. The main double doors are off-limits to anyone without a hard hat. For library patrons who take the elevator to the top level, where a makeshift circulation desk has been set up, about the only items to look through are DVDs, books on CD and magazines.
In about a month, however, patrons should notice some improvements in the library’s interior.
For one thing, it will have central air conditioning — made possible by the installation of ducts that weren’t previously part of the building, which was the Independent Order of Odd Fellows lodge until it was renovated and rededicated as the library in 1934.
There won’t be more space, said Library Director Kelly Sternberg, but there will be better space.
The shelving and organization of the library’s collection will be rearranged.
There will be new furniture and new carpeting, and a new area dedicated to teen-age readers.
All this is happening because of a $500,000 project paid for from the library’s endowment fund and individual donations, without property tax money from the village of Pardeeville.
Stevens Construction Corp. of Madison is the main contractor.
Jim Buckley, a new Pardeeville village trustee who also is treasurer of the library’s endowment board, told the Village Board Tuesday, said the library remains open, and anyone who wants to check out a particular book will get it. If it’s in the library’s collection, it could be retrieved from storage. If it’s not, it can be ordered through the South Central Library System and checked out during the library’s regular hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.
Buckley said the endowment board had hoped that the renovation would be completed by the end of May, but that’s not likely to happen.
The more realistic target date, Sternberg said, is the middle of June. But the library won’t be fully ready to reopen until about the fourth week of June, to allow time for moving furnishings.
Because of the construction, the library summer programs will start a little later than usual, in early July, Sternberg said.
But because the construction does not include the library’s exterior, the work should not interfere with this summer’s Thursday-evening concerts of the Dual County Community Band, held in the library courtyard. The first concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. June 13.
To go to the library, enter via the rear door and take the elevator to the fifth level.