Reynolds Corners Branch Library Grand-Re-Opening

Posted Oct 21st, 2009 by Rhonda Sewell  Category: Community Interest, Toledo.com


The public is invited to a special Ribbon-Cutting and Grand Re-Opening Celebration at the Reynolds Corners Branch Library, 4833 Dorr St., scheduled at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 26.

The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is proud to reveal its year-long Reynolds Corners Branch renovation project, which utilized “green” construction methods under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) System, which provides a guideline and rating system for green buildings.

Pending certification at the end of this year (2009), Reynolds Corners may well be the first public library in the state of Ohio to be LEED certified.

The newly renovated Reynolds Corners includes an enlarged meeting room, study rooms, Children’s area, new roof, a relocated entryway and an enclosed Courtyard.

The renovation project started in September 2008 and the Branch was closed for more than one year to complete the updates. During the temporary closing, Reynolds Corners patrons utilized the nearby Sanger, Holland, and Mott library branch locations.

By utilizing the LEED System, developed by the United States Green Building Council, the Reynolds Corners Branch project significantly lowered the environmental impact during construction and reduced the ongoing carbon footprint of the building. The renovation project was funded from the Library’s capital budget.

“Everyone in the TLCPL system is proud of this green renovation project at Reynolds Corners. We have utilized materials more efficiently in this renovation project than those building that are just constructed to code. We are very excited for our patrons who waited so patiently for their neighborhood library to re-open. We certainly hope to receive LEED certification, which will make Reynolds Corners the first public library in the entire state to receive such a designation,” said Clyde Scoles, Director of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

“We’ve heard nothing but very positive comments from our patrons and the community about the thought and care that went into the Reynolds Corners renovation project. We wanted to simply meet the needs of the community, and the feedback has been so positive. Our local library community is thrilled to provide such a great offering in a building using green construction methods,” said Marilee McSweeny, manager of the Reynolds Corners Branch Library.
Originally part of the Lucas County Library System, Reynolds Corners operated out of a rented storefront when it opened in 1958. In July of 1975, the branch relocated to a 6,000 sq.-ft. location, again in a rented storefront of a strip mall. Finally, in April of 1985, the 15,000 sq-ft. location opened, bidding adieu to strip malls and rented storefronts for good. In 1998, growing usage required a second entrance, and additional parking was added. In 2008, the “green” renovation project started and took one year to complete, officially re-opening in October, 2009.

For more details, please call Reynolds Corners Branch at 419.259.5320

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