Library to open Carter House PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 24 May 2013 08:48
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File photo. Carter House. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
After more than six months of work, the Carter House will soon be opening to the public.
Wood County District Public Library Director Michael Penrod told the Library Board Tuesday that a ribbon cutting at the renovated house is currently planned for 3 p.m. on June 21, with an open house continuing until 6 p.m.
A second open house will be conducted the next day, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"It's pretty darn amazing," Penrod said of the more than $141,000 renovation.
Located across Church Street from the library, the Carter House was originally built for Benjamin James, an attorney who served in the Ohio General Assembly, in 1877. Robert and Patricia Maurer gifted the home to the library in 2008 in the name of Maurer's aunt, Martha Carter, an educator who strongly believed in libraries.
During the meeting, the board additionally approved a slate of change orders for work at the house, totalling just over $6,800.
Among the improvements at the site are an ADA-accessible ramp. Once open, there are plans to utilize the Carter House for library and community events, and it will also be open for rentals by the public.
Also during the meeting, the board expressed their condolences and appreciation for Sentinel-Tribune Editor David C. Miller, who passed away on Saturday. Miller served as a past member of the Library Board, and also as its president.
"I just want to acknowledge his great work he's done for the library over the years, and his commitment to the community is astounding," said President Brian Paskvan.
"We've lost a great friend and a great supporter."
In other business, the board:
• Heard that the annual Schedel Gardens benefit for the library will be held July 18. A goal of $65,000 has been set for the event; all monies raised go towards the purchase of books.
"This effort is just as important now as it was in 2010 during our budget crisis time. I believe libraries work best as a public-private partnership," said Penrod.
Tickets for the event are currently on sale at the library circulation desk for $100, $75 of which is tax deductible.
• Heard that refurbishment of the Children's Place is nearly completed, including a new storytelling room, mural wall, new furniture, and a repainted castle.
"It's been fun to see and hear the reactions of people," said Penrod.
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