Redecorated library to host open house Saturday

Library patrons are already enjoying the updated look. Suspense mounts as the date of the open house approaches and the library awaits new furniture. (Press photo by Molly Moser)


By Molly Moser

The freshly redecorated Guttenberg Public Library will host a grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 19. The library was closed for several weeks while receiving its first comprehensive face-lift since the building’s dedication in July of 1989.

Redecorating was made possible by the generous bequest from the estate of John and Norma Esslinger, who loved to read and enjoyed the use of the library throughout their lifetimes. Upon officially receiving the bequest in May, Library Board President Dr. Michele Sadler told The Press, “The board is overwhelmed by the generosity of the Esslingers… The donation is incredible and shares their desire to continue the opportunities that the library offers for future generations. It is truly appreciated.” The Esslinger bequest is the largest single bequest in the history of the Guttenberg Public Library.

A portion of the Esslinger bequest was used to replace carpet, window treatments, and furniture in the library. The walls were repainted, soundboards were recovered in the meeting room, and an electric fireplace was purchased.

Plans for redecorating have been underway for over a year. “We started by looking at color theory, and visiting libraries around the area to see what was being done,” said Mary Moser, who has served as a library board member since 1997. The board saw proposals from several companies, and Elkader Carpet and Design was chosen to complete the project.

Continued from the pages of The Guttenberg Press


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