Crews complete repairs at Allerton Public Library
MONTICELLO – The Allerton Public Library in Monticello was scheduled to reopen at 9 a.m. today following the completion of renovation work.
The library closed in mid-December while work crews completed repairs to the ceiling of the building at 201 N. State St.
According to library director Lisa Winters, tiles on the ceiling started to fall in late July and early August.
The board of directors for the Monticello Community Building, which leases space to the Allerton Library, agreed to pay for repairs, including dropping the ceiling and installing new lighting.
Repair work began on Dec. 19 and was originally scheduled to last until the second week of January.
However, Winters said the work crews completed their job one week early, allowing the facility to reopen today.
During the period while the main library was closed, library staff provided limited services, including access to daily newspapers and magazines and a copy machine, in the garden room of the Monticello Community Building.
In addition, the library offered a book drop outside the building for patrons to return items.
Winters added that fines were waived for late books while the library was closed.
The Allerton Public Library was named after Samuel Allerton, who donated money to stock the library with furniture, books and periodicals in 1897.
The original library shared space with an opera house. Income from performances at the opera house provided money to support the library in its early years.
In 1919, library leaders put a question on the ballot asking Monticello Township to have property taxes support the library.
Township voters approved the ballot question by a three-to-one margin.