By Mac Cerullo
---- — AMESBURY — The Amesbury Public Library will be closed from Dec. 31 until Jan. 2 to install new carpeting and hold training sessions for staff members.
The library will be re-carpeting the Amesbury Room, which holds the library’s local history collection, along with other portions of the first floor. The work will cost approximately $3,500, according to library director Patty DiTullio.
The improvements to the Amesbury Room, which will account for $1,250 of the $3,500 cost, are being funded by the Amesbury Public Library Charitable Trust, which donated $80,000 to the library last spring to upgrade the local history collections.
Earlier this year, the library used some of that money to install new ultraviolet screens on the downstairs windows to protect the library’s art and historical documents from light pollution. The library also used a portion of the money to buy a new digital microfilm reader, allowing it to replace its outdated, 20-year-old machine.
DiTullio said the library has a long list of projects that will be paid for using the remaining donation funds. Next on the list is new, custom-designed shelving in the Amesbury Room to better accommodate the special collections.
The other areas of the first floor that will be re-carpeted will be funded separately, using $2,250 worth of state funds from the Mass. State Aid to Public Libraries program, an annual financial award given to certified libraries for improvements or programs that fall outside of the library’s core services.
The carpet installation was scheduled to take advantage of the library being closed for the holiday, DiTullio said. The library will reopen on Thursday, Jan. 3.