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Sherman library cuts ribbon for renovated building

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Library Services Administrator Melissa Eason cuts the ribbon on the newly-renovated Sherman Public Library on August 8, 2018. (KTEN) Library Services Administrator Melissa Eason cuts the ribbon on the newly-renovated Sherman Public Library on August 8, 2018. (KTEN)
Upgrades to the Sherman Public Library include computers for kids. (KTEN) Upgrades to the Sherman Public Library include computers for kids. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- Sixteen months after suffering heavy damage in a deliberately-set fire, the Sherman Public Library is almost ready to resume regular operations.

City leaders cut the ribbon on the refurbished and renovated facility at 421 North Travis Street on Thursday. It will reopen to the public next Monday.

"This is a great day for Sherman," Mayor David Plyler said. "For what we started out with, a very old building that had been burned out."

"We have so much more available to check out, and we have new computers that are available for the public," added youth services librarian Melissa Salazar.

The building received a $2 million floor-to-ceiling renovation after the April 2017 fire that gutted much of the interior.

"While it was unfortunate that it happened, it did provide a little more incentive to get this program started," Plyler said.

The library has new computers, printing available to the public, and all of the books will be back on the shelves.

"It was kind of disappointing when I look for a book and they want this specific book and I had to tell them, 'Oh, it's in storage," Salazar said.

The library will also have some new programs, including music lessons. Staffers say this truly is a community building, where Sherman residents of all ages can learn and grow.

"The library has always been my favorite place to go, and so to see all of this come together and to be so involved in it has meant a lot to me," Salazar said.

The city's temporary library at 1000 North East Street will remain open until Friday. Books will be transferred to the renovated facility for its opening at 9 a.m. Monday.