Stair Public Library wins $25,000 grant 12.08.2010

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s Stair Public Library received a $25,000 grant to establish a teen area and to replace carpeting.

Library director Colleen Leddy was recently notified that the Reinhardt Library Fund of Midland, Mich., approved her application to create a 10 foot by 10 foot teen reading area with comfortable seating, small tables, shelving and an area rug.

In addition, the library’s 13-year-old carpet is showing wear, stains and some hazardous features, especially in high traffic areas.

“The Robert C. Reinhardt Library Fund Grant sparked us to look at the library 13 years after it was constructed and ask, ‘What can be done to improve it?’” Leddy said.

Some needs jumped out immediately—the lack of an area for teens and the worn-out carpet—but in looking how to address those problems, a few other needs came into view.

The project also calls for the installation of slatboard display panels in the back door entryway to display brochures, educational handouts and business information intended for public distribution. This will free up existing shelving for paperback books.

Finally, the project will replace three media racks currently used for CDs, audio cassettes and materials in the children’s library.

The Reinhardt Fund award letter praised the library by stating, “The Grant Committee was impressed with the library’s work and involvement in the community.”

The fund was created by Robert Charles Reinhardt, a chemical engineer with Dow Chemical Company in Midland who valued education. Reinhardt died in 2008.

“Education and reading were important to Bob,” said his widow, Ilene. “He believed library resources should be available to everyone.”

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