The Charles H. Stone Memorial Library in Pilot Mountain is celebrating the completion of a new front entrance to the facility.
The long anticipated update was led by Town Commissioner Gary Bell, according to the library staff.
According to Bell, the project to have the entrance door replaced began last year when members of the library board approached him with their request. He stated that much of the existing framework was compromised by previous termite damage. “The old jam was crumbling,” said Bell.
Branch Librarian Anna Nichols explained that the front entrance had multiple issues that prevented the door from closing properly. “It was past time for the old girl to be retired,” she said.
The town purchased the new door, casing, hardware, and installation from Alamance Glass Company at a cost of about $2,700, according to Bell. With the assistance of Scott Standen and Meigs Needham, Bell removed the old wooden door and framework. The new aluminum frame and glass door with panic hardware were installed on April 5.
Library patrons have expressed their approval of the change, many noting the decreased drafts around the entrance and the increased natural lighting.
While the door is installed and functional, additional finish work is yet to be completed. “My suggestion is to remove a section of the floor in the foyer and replace it with a vinyl or tile,” said Bell, noting that the interior also needs trim around the door frame.
The new frontage, along with a recent Eagle scout project that gave the building a handicap accessible ramp and handrails, has created the appearance of a public space for the library. “So often we would have people drive by looking for the library and not be able to find it,” said Nichols, noting that the old entrance looked similar to surrounding residences.
“This is a great step in the right direction for the town. I am happy to see the library updated for the town of Pilot Mountain and its citizens,” said Bell, adding that improvements to the library are a piece of a larger plan to revitalize Main Street.
According to Nichols, several more improvements are needed on the library grounds including elevator repairs, sidewalk work, and replacing a side entrance door. “There are a number of things on the big list; we’re hoping to slowly make our way to each one.”
“We are absolutely delighted to see this come to fruition,” Nichols said of the new door, sharing her gratitude for the town and the volunteers who helped make it happen.