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Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library Open House marks completion of Renovations

| May 24, 2014

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After a year of construction, the Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library of Presque Isle hosted an Open House to the public over the weekend to unveil it’s newly renovated space and additions. News Source 8’s Angela Christoforos takes us there.

Libraries are at the heart of the community, and the Mark & Emily Turner Memorial in Presque Isle just got a whole lot nicer!

Mike Chasse said, “It’s just incredible, just so vibrant and light and it just makes me want to spend more time at the library. I’m going to be down here a lot now.”

Wood trim, light fixtures, windows, more seating, and a bigger space to accommodate more people are just a few of the upgrades. A brand new staircase is also part of the brand new entry way of the Robert and Hope Akeley wing. The wing was enhanced with some brand new additions like a café space and about 10,000 new books.

Librarian Sonja Plummer Morgan said, “The teen lounge, great space, reference area, local history, genealogy and bigger living room spaces.”

Chairman of the Building Committee Kevin Sipe said, “There’s going to be places for everyone, whether you want to sit in a corner and read by yourself whether you want to sit in the living room with a bunch of people around you, whether you’re a child in the teen area which is going to be only for teenagers.”

It’s a transformation that was made possible by donors, grants, and local organizations. Over $1 million came from Presque Isle native Mary Smith, who has also donated a substantial sum to the library in the past.

Library Project Donor Mary Smith said, “I’ve always come back to visit my parents and my sister and I’ve always come to the library so when I decided to do something for Presque Isle the library was on the top of my list.”

Over the next couple of weeks a few finishing touches will be made to the interior and exterior of the library, that was redesigned to create a comfortable, colorful and inviting environment at a community landmark for people of all ages.

Mary Smith’s grandmother was formerly a librarian at the Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library, and the Robert & Hope Akeley Memorial Wing is named after Mary’s parents. The library’s hours are from 9 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday, and on Saturday from 9 am to 2 pm.

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