Avon South Library addition opens to the public, renovations continue: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake, and North Ridgeville

Avon, Ohio

Donna Kelly Sprinkle, Branch Manager of Avon Library, can’t wait for the community to visit the new space and after seeing it for myself during a private tour last week, it’s truly amazing. The Southern Expansion (Phase 1) officially opened to the public on Tuesday.

The family area in the new addition to the Avon Branch Library features wheelchairs and shelves for patrons to create their own space for reading or activities.

After the ceremonial groundbreaking on August 10, 2021, the first phase involved the construction of a 16,000-square-foot addition with a target completion date of late summer/fall 2022…librarians implemented that goal.

The first stop on the tour was to enjoy the new large open space with high ceilings, unique light fixtures and an abundance of windows that bring in plenty of natural light. What can be noticed right off the bat is that the bookshelves are low so you can see through the entire space. No more getting lost in rows of shelves. Many of the shelving units are movable so that patrons can reconfigure the spaces for their own use.

Avon library renovations

A wall of windows and unique lighting enhance the children’s space in the new addition to the Avon Library.

When you drive past the library on Colorado Boulevard, you’ll notice the circular wall of windows that Kelly Sprinkle noted that many people ask “what’s going on there.” The space is actually called the Round Room and houses most children’s picture books. It also includes activity boards for children, comfortable chairs for caregivers, and tables for children to sit and read or play with.

Several computers are also located on kid-sized tables outside the round room area. An extension of the early childhood play area with more comfortable tables and chairs and an activity space. The area is completely unfinished as it will also include a tiered play area in front of the window, a playhouse and more activity boards.

Another space near the Round Room is the Kathy Petersen Story Time Room which will be the location for all of the children’s programming. It will now be used for adult and teen programs until phase two renovations are complete. Petersen volunteered with the Avon Library and served as the head of the Avon Friends Library. She passed away on October 16, 2021.

A stained-glass area around the door leads to the outdoor reading garden (still under construction) featuring panels from the original library. Glass panels tell the story of Thumbelina. Land pavers are still for sale to be placed in the Reading Garden. To purchase pavers, go to ezengraver.com/AvonLibraryPavers.

Two essential elements of such a large family space in the library are the caregiver’s lounge and family restroom, all things that the old library space would not have been able to accommodate.

After making our way through the kids/family area, Kelly Sprinkle was excited to reveal the Teen Room.

“This would be a great space for teens to come and study, work on projects, or gather,” she said. “We have two study rooms that others can use. We also have a soundproofed room where the kids can play an instrument and make a video and record a podcast and not feel like they are bothering others. There are many different levels of seating with high and low tables, and plenty of cabin seating which we think teens will enjoy.” Really. The teen space also includes many public computers.”

The new building also includes a drive-through window from the Colorado Street entrance and several additional book delivery areas. The drive-through window was the most requested component of the community for the new library.

The library will have several vending machines with coffee/drinks and other snacks. The large seating area at the entrance to the new addition will contain pop-up café elements where local businesses will be invited to sell their food.

Avon library renovations

The large seating area at the entrance to the new Avon Library will feature pop-up café elements where local businesses will be invited to sell their food.

After touring the new space, all I can say is “Wow!” The community wanted a larger, more attractive library space and now they have it.

“I’m so excited to show everyone around me and say ‘This is what you’ve been waiting for, and you’re going to love it,'” Kelly Sprinkle said. The space is new, it’s new, it’s bright, it’s happy, and people will love it.”

The original library building constructed in 1994 will be closed this week for part of a renovation that will include the creation of a demonstration space and kitchen for the Norton Family Foundation, an eSports auditorium, and a large meeting room (capacity 150). A quiet reading area will feature a local history theme. More study rooms and a business area will also be included. The renovation work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

In April 2020, voters approved a 2 millimeter tax, which will generate $1.9 million annually over the next 20 years (starting in 2021) to renovate and expand the library, as well as to run money for the library to expand services, materials and hours.

The official grand opening ceremony will be scheduled at a later date once all renovations are completed.


Celebrating National Day: The events of September 11 will be honored and remembered from 7:30 to 8 a.m. on September 12 at the Avon Veterans Memorial, 36265 Detroit Road.

Band fundraising: Enter the Avon Band Fundraiser and Orchestra Booster “Tunes on your Turf” fundraiser for a chance to win a special performance of the Avon High School Mighty Eagle Marching Band at your home or another designated location in Avon. The winner will be drawn during the first half of the football match on September 16th. All ticket sales benefit Avon Band and Orchestra programs in grades 6-12. Tickets are $10 each. The special show will take place at 6 pm. October 5. To purchase a ticket by September 14, go to avonbob.com.

Halloween activity: Online registration opens at 8 a.m. on September 12 for the city’s annual Not So Spooky Halloween. The Family Fun event takes place from 1-4 p.m. October 15 at the Storybook Trail and History Walk near the Avon Aquatic Facility, 36265 Detroit Road. The event is free (for Avon residents only) and includes a petting zoo, games, treats, and other fun activities. To register, go to avonrec.activityreg.com.

Reverse draw: The Father Rajan Charitable Foundation is hosting a fundraiser for the Raffle and Prime Rib Scholarships for Students at 6 p.m. September 24 at Knights of Columbus Hall, Father Rajan’s 1783 Moore Road. Tickets are $65 per person ($480 for a table of eight) and include dinner, an open bar (beer and wine), and one Big Board ticket ($2000 grand prize). Checks mailed to Father Rajan Hall, PO Box 224, Avon, Ohio 44011 payable to the Father Rajan Charitable Foundation. For reservations and questions, call John 440-725-7369 or email [email protected] Respond to the invitation to attend by September 18 with your name(s), attendee number, phone number, email address, and send the check.

Father/Daughter Basketball Clinics: The Avon High School girls’ basketball team is hosting a fun night for young players and father/father characters at Avon Middle School, 3445 Long Road. The clinic includes basic skills and exercises, as well as games and competitions. Girls Clinic for grades 3-4 from 5 to 6:30 pm. October 10. Grade 5-6 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. October 10. Grades 7-8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. October 11. . Space is limited. Registration ends September 26 or until it is complete. The cost is $30. To register, go to avonrec.activityreg.com.

Avon Lake

women’s choir: The Avon Lake Ladies’ Choir is open to women (all ages) from all area communities. There are no auditions. Rehearsals take place every Monday from 10-11:30 a.m. and resume on September 12 (through May) at the Old Firehouse Community Center, 100 Avon Belden Road. Under the guidance of a professional choral director and an accomplished pianist, the programs feature holiday music, show rhythms, old favorites, pop tunes, traditional, exotic, gospel, and rock and roll. The choir entertains residents of healthcare facilities and local clubs/luncheons throughout the area. For more information, call 440-937-8827 or email [email protected]

Selling books outdoors Friends of Lake Avon Public Library (ALPL) hosts an outdoor used book sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Save on books and other materials such as bestsellers, fiction and nonfiction, large print, cookbooks, children’s books, and more. Payment options include cash, check or credit/debit card. All proceeds benefit ALPL Friends, helping to support library programs, materials, events, and services.

North Ridgeville

SkunkFest returns: The 21st annual SkunkFest comes to South Central Park, 7565 Avon Belden Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event features games, DJs, vendors, raffles, food and fun skunk competitions. Other rescue groups have been a long process to get to this point, but the new addition and renovation of the Avon branch library, 37485 Harvest Drive, was well worth it. Animals will also be in attendance. Skunk registration for all competitions between 10am and 11:30am

Judging will take place for the official King and Queen of SkunkFest and the Prince and Princess from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The entrance fee for skunks is $10 for one and an additional $5 for other skunks. Visitors to the event can donate cash, tissues or natural cereal grains. No other pets are allowed at this event. For more information, Deborah Cipriani at 440-327-4349 or [email protected]

Garden club meeting: The North Ridgeville Garden Club will meet at 6 p.m. on September 13 at Sandy Ridge Preserve, 6195 Otten Road. Noelle Akin of Petitti Garden Center will present Shade Gardening. Visitors are welcome. Club members also cut back an area of ​​daylilies in the Town Hall Garden. For information or if you would like some daylilies, call 365-440-8522.

Opening a new pop-up store: It’s time to start thinking about fall and decorating for the season. Brick and Moss recently opened inside 83 Garden at 5917 Avon Belden Road. The pop-up store was started by two North Ridgeville locals with over 20 years of retail experience. John Carpenter and Aryn Keatley have lived in North Ridgeville for over eight years. After visiting some park centers and markets in California, they were inspired to bring it back to Ohio. Arn also had a childhood dream of owning a Christmas tree farm. Brick and Moss offers a variety of houseplants, perennials, perennials, and seasonal flowers, as well as a variety of seasonally changing home decor. Soon-to-be-available items include pumpkins, corn stalks, hay; Along with Christmas trees, wreaths and swags. The shop is open Mondays – Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March through December. For more information, go to brickandmossinc.com or follow Brick and Moss on Facebook.

From farm to table: For over 50 years, Red Wagon Farm has been growing and selling produce in the region. Shari Ross, owner of Red Wagon, will discuss how they grow, grow, feed and sell their locally sourced, locally grown fruits and vegetables during a presentation at North Ridgeville Library, 35700 Bainbridge Road, 6-7 p.m. on September 13. She will also share some of her favorite recipes. Pre-registration required, go to lorainpubliclibrary.org.

Lorraine County

Contact for an issue: The annual Lorain County Connect to a Cause Campaign runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on September 15. More than 70 local nonprofits are participating in the 12-hour crowdfunding campaign that has previously generated more than $500,000 for participating organizations. Participating local groups include the Avon Lake City Schools Foundation, Avon Lake Public Library, French Creek YMCA, Mighty Goliath Productions, North Ridgeville City Schools Endowment Fund, and North Ridgeville Community Care, among other nonprofit and local organizations. To donate on September 15, go to peoplewhocare.org/c2c2022.

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