Sep. 18—Looking to keep up with the changing times and remain current to best serve the public, the Mentor Public Library is making an investment in one of its facilities.
The library's Headlands Branch will temporarily close for renovations beginning Sept. 25.
Once the work is complete, the branch will have a new reading nook, study space and a designated area for story times and literacy programs. The branch will also replace its shelving and furniture that are many decades old.
Due to the building's size, the branch will need to close during renovations. Mentor Public Library's other three branches — the Main Library, Lake Branch and The HUB inside of Mentor High School — will remain open during construction.
Community Outreach Coordinator Jason Lea said it is always the libraries' desire to change in order to reflect the communities they serve.
"The shelving and furniture at Headlands are several decades old and also we wanted to make the area of great natural sunlight more receptive than the current setup which is an area for computers," Lea said. "We want to move computers away from area with natural sunlight to avoid the glare and really help modernize the branch.
"Libraries are constantly changing to reflect communities we serve and serve as a gathering place. We want to make sure it is a welcoming place to be."
The renovation is expected to take about three weeks, but factors like weather and supply chains may affect the duration of the project. Visit www.mentorpl.org for the most up-to-date news on the renovation.
The Mentor library system assumed responsibility for library services in Mentor Headlands in 1959 from Fairport Public Library. However, it did not purchase the building that would become the present Mentor Headlands branch until 1984.
It is the smallest branch in the system by area.