New renovations shine at L.D. Fargo Public Library

Gail Christensen of Lake Mills takes advantage of the natural light at a booth in the new young adult area, her favorite spot in the renovated L.D. Fargo Public Library, while browsing magazines for a baby shower project.

LAKE MILLS — The L.D. Fargo Public Library recently concluded its renovation project, completing a yearlong process of fundraising, planning and remodeling.

“We’re open, everything’s back on the shelves. Everyone comes in and they’re quite pleased,” said library director Gerard Saylor.

Interior design of the renovation was handled by Bungalow Pros of Lake Mills, led by Jill Kessenich, a Fort Atkinson resident. The general contracting was done by Advance Building Corp. of Verona.

“ABC was great to work with,” said Kessenich. “They were very detail oriented and had great carpenters on-site that were willing to make changes when needed.”

The first phase of the renovations included a new circulation desk (now located by the front door), new carpet and paint colors. The lower level children’s area was also updated with a new restroom, shelving and furniture.

Phase two of the plan included a new young adult area (where the old circulation desk was located), new backdoor vestibule, carpet and paint.

“I think the biggest improvements are the restroom in the lower level and the new young adult area,” said Saylor. The young adult area now features small booths for studying as well as a new seating area.

In the lower level children’s room the new paint colors are more vibrant and youthful. There’s also new furniture in the room including seats that are of different height levels for adults and children.

The existing oak study tables and chairs were kept in the adult area, as they were still in good condition. However, new lounge chairs were added to the room. The new shelving fixtures have a different layout than before, providing more private work areas. A new phone and security system was also installed. The cameras and digital video recorder will help employees watch for theft.

“I’m very happy. It (remodeling) went really well. We stayed in budget and finished earlier than we thought,” Saylor said. “You come into the building and it’s a brighter area, it’s cheerier. Everything before was dated.”

The classic exterior of the building remains the same, but will likely be repainted next summer.

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