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Dominion employees help prepare Renovo library for new flooring

KEVIN RAUCH/THE EXPRESS Dominion Energy sent some employees to the Renovo Area Public Library recently to remove all of the books, computers and furniture so that the building can get new epoxy flooring throughout the library. Pictured from Dominion are, from left, Mitch Gavlock, DJ Perry, Superintendent of Leidy Aaron Hughes, Pat Smith, John Barrows and Kody George.

By KEVIN RAUCH

For The Express

RENOVO — The Renovo Area Public library received a huge assist last week when employees of Dominion Energy spent a few hours moving every book, piece of furniture and computer in the library to a different location provided by the Renovo Borough as a new epoxy floor is being set up the entire length of the library.

The project was made possible by a donation from the Clinton County Community Foundation as the library also utilized donations from the Irvin and Charlotte Edler Estate and the Ellen Williams Foundation.

The massive project marked the first time that the Renovo Library has been completely empty in its 52 years of operation. Various floods and even just some improvements through the years saw certain sections of the library floor getting new carpet, but the three donations afforded the library to finally have a new floor throughout the building on 7th Street.

Although the grants made the flooring possible the actual moving of the books off location was a real chore for the library. Librarian Barb Rauch is the only Renovo employee, although A4TD currently offers a part-time position to Pat Hartman. A4TD participants training costs are provided by funding through Title V SCSEP of the older American Acts administered by the Department of Labor.

The two women spent weeks getting all of the boxes from the community that they could, packing up every book from every shelf. Still, the actual moving of the books was simply too much, which led to a phone call between Rauch an Leidy Area Superintendent Aaron Hughes. “He didn’t hesitate in offering Dominion’s help. He was easy to talk to and assured us that once we had the books packed they would be on site to move them for us,” Rauch said.

The Dominion employees showed up, some using their personal vehicles, and used trailers to haul the books and furniture. “I don’t know how we ever would have moved everything without Dominion’s help. We certainly couldn’t have done it ourselves. We can’t thank them enough” the librarian said after the move.

The Renovo Library was already scheduled to be closed for three weeks beginning last Monday March 16, for the new floor installations. COVID-19 restrictions would have closed the library as well as of the middle of last week. The library is now like every other business, facing uncertainty of when it will re-open and unveil their new floor.

The Renovo Library has a book box outside the building to collect books that are checked out and fines will not be imposed on any books that are out and due back in before they reopen.

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