Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County seeing major changes


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    One a year ago, the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County officially closed its doors for some major renovations.

    At the end of March, the library will say goodbye to a long-time employee, and next month, it will say hello to a brand-new, state-of-the-art addition.

    For 49 years, Alan Hall has worked in the library profession.

    But later this month, he's retiring as assistant director.

    “I think it's time for change,” he said. “I think it's time for new blood and new ideas, and I'm looking forward to retirement.”

    Hall worked at the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County for the last 36 years, most of that as director.

    His co-workers say he's an integral part of the library, and it's been interesting to learn from his decades of experience.

    “It's our institutional history,” said Mike Gray, library director. “It's been great the last year or so; he's been a little nostalgic.

    “It's just been fun to reminisce and to learn some things about libraries in Ohio.”

    And it's not the only major change taking place at library. At the end of April, it will re-open following a $3.7-million project.

    Crews have been working on adding a new building, restoring some of the original architecture in the Carnegie Building, and making the building compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

    “I think people will be excited when they see the whole new interior, the whole different arrangement of space, and of course, an elevator,” Hall said.

    There is still a lot of work to be done inside the building before it's ready for library-goers, but it is scheduled to celebrate its grand re-opening on April 30.

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