In a few months the Eckville Municipal Library will complete its overhaul thanks to donations and volunteered time over the past year. The final phase includes adding wall shelves around the library. Photo by Kaylyn Whibbs/Eckville Echo

Eckville library nears end of renovations

The library’s updates date back to Dec. 2017 and are due to wrap up in the next few months

The Eckville Municipal Library is one step closer to completing their library overhaul.

Over Christmas the library has added a love seat and a chair to the children’s area, and created a separate seating section by using a bay of children’s books.

The changes started in December of 2017 with the circulation desk, which was donated by Mountain View Financial.

Next came the tables in the computer area in October 2018 as a result of recreation grant from the Town of Eckville.

Three bays of books were also added to the library in fall 2018. The bays came from the Ponoka Jubilee Library Board and the Ponoka library staff as they moved into their new building.

Eckville Municipal Library manager Patti Skocdopole says the renovations have changed the overall look of the library.

“We had very, very old, dark shelves in here before that blocked off the light,” said Skocdopole. “This [layout] allows us more space to put more books in, which we didn’t have before.”

Skocdopole added the library looks bigger now with the new layout and proper shelving.

“It’s been a lot of work, but it’s been certainly worth it and people seem to be very happy with it,” said Skocdopole, adding the changes has allowed the library to grow by adding more books and programming.

There is a regular “stop and play” program on Tuesday’s for children aged six-12, story time is Friday morning and drop in coffee time on Wednesdays.

The library will also be doing adult programming, programming with the County of Lacombe Lifelong Learning Association (CLLLA) and teen programming.

The final phase of the library overhaul includes the last of the wall shelving and a movie area.

The renovations should be complete in the next month or two, depending on when volunteers can come around to lend a hand.

“Shawn and Andrea Grodesky have done a lot of the work. Shawn has done like all of the carpentry work and that sort of thing,” said Skocdopole.

The renovations have been done all on donations and grants, along with a lot of help from volunteers from the community, the board and library staff.

After the overhaul the library will still have little touches to make over time, like replacing the old table.

The Eckville Municipal Library has received a lot of community support this year in terms of volunteers and donations like books and money for programming.

The silent auction held by the library in December got $1,648 in bids, as well as $950 and a printer from corporate donations.

“It’s been a good thing this year, everybody has rallied,” said Skocdopole, adding the library will always take donations.

Alongside the new look the library also has new extended Thursday hours and will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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