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February 08, 2011 8:25 am

EDITORIAL: Fresh look, same valuable services at Powell Library

Written by Tessa Schweigert

Traditionally, readers are encouraged to look beyond first appearances — to not judge a book by its cover. This week, however, will be all about first appearances for local readers as they see their newly remodeled Powell Branch Library.

The library was closed to the public for the month of January and the first days of February as it underwent extensive remodeling. On Monday morning, the library reopened its doors, showing off an updated layout, new carpet, fresh paint and added features. The library is now compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, making it accessible for all residents.

Park County and the Park County Library Foundation funded the renovation project, which cost around $65,000.

It’s a good time for the libraries of Park County.

Just a few weeks ago, the Cody Branch Library hosted its second annual Winter Gathering, showcasing its beautiful facility and highlighting local authors.

Updates also are slated for Meeteetse’s library.

Libraries bring life to communities, and we’re thankful Park County values its library system.

From activities for youth to programs for adults — and, of course, plenty of reading material for all ages — libraries are vital to a community’s wellbeing.

During the January closure, Powell residents saw what it’s like to not have a public library — and it was missed. Thankfully, the closure was a temporary one, and the library is open once again, with a fresh look but the same valuable services this community depends on year round.

We encourage residents to visit Powell’s remodeled library and see its new improvements while enjoying the many books and services available.

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