“We really want to work with the council member and our team to make sure we pinpoint exactly how this will best benefit the library,” Walcott said.
Branch manager Hwai Min Wood already knows where the money should be spent.
“Our basement floods every time there’s heavy rain,” she said. “It’s flooded eight or nine times within the last year, and then the poor custodians have to work so hard to clean and disinfect it.”
The project will include installing a new drainage system and sealing off areas that are believed to be the cause of the flooding.
Once the designs are finalized, library officials will be notified as to how long the branch will need to be closed.
“This funding will give people a chance to come and really enjoy the library,” Koslowitz said. “Libraries are so important for the community.”
Walcott also plugged taht the library offers new books on Tuesdays, just like bookstores.
“You don’t need to buy it or wait online for it,” he said. “You can come to the library and get a new book for free for seven days.”