Library renovations this close to being done

Vita Mescher, 7, of Wapakoneta takes advantage of the new reading wall at the Wapakoneta branch of the Auglaize County Public District Library. The new reading space is just one of the new spaces in the refurbished library on Perry Street.
Deb Zwez

It’s not just about housing materials anymore — it’s more about being a community center.

The Wapakoneta library has evolved into a more comfortable space that includes more than just books and research materials. The Perry Street building is bigger, brighter and trendier thanks to its recent remodeling project that is about six weeks from begin completely finished.

Even Beth Steiner, director of the county’s library system, is amazed by the changes. She loves to see someone walk into the front door and stop just to take it all in.

“It’s just such a transformation; people do a lot of wandering just to see where everything is,” she said. “We’ve gotten so many wonderful responses.”

Those responses are gratifying after six months of construction and upheaval. Libraries are an evolving institution anyway, what with ever-changing technology, but the refocusing of the library to be a real community center that reflects what the local community wants and needs has been a...

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