OH library moves ahead with $110M in renovations

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cuyahoga County Public Library is in the midst of replacing and renovating 18 of its 28 branches as part of a $110 million project to make the atmosphere at its branches similar to bookstores, with residents finding it easier to browse, enjoy coffee and exchange ideas.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/15kZpeS ) reports library officials want the new and renovated branches to become community gathering places. One completed branch in Warrensville Heights offers a recording studio, a homework center, a cafe and an expanded children's area.

Library officials say the changes won't mean any new taxes. The library system serving 47 communities sold $75 million in bonds to finance most of the project. Another $25 million came from the library's capital funds and $10 million will come from private donors.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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