Charles W. Gibson Public Library
Charles W. Gibson Public Library / My Buckhannon file photo

Charles W. Gibson Library set to reopen Monday

BUCKHANNON – After an unexpected two-month closure due to a bed bug infestation, Buckhannon’s downtown library has reopened.

The Charles W. Gibson Library will reopen its doors this Monday, March 25, after it suddenly had to close to patrons after the pests were discovered on the premises. On Jan. 30, Gibson Library Director Catherine Norko announced in a social media post that bed bugs were found Jan. 18 during an inspection of materials that had been returned.

Norko told My Buckhannon that over the past weeks and months, the library staff has been hard at work preparing for the reopening – and that preparation involved more than just bed bug extermination.

“One significant task was heat-treating over 13,000 books to ensure they were free from pests and safe for patrons to enjoy,” she said.

Norko said the library staff took the opportunity during the library’s closure to make several enhancements to the facility.

“The children’s area has been redesigned to be more inviting and spacious, perfect for weekly story time sessions,” she explained. “This redesign aims to create a welcoming and comfortable environment for young readers.”

“The library has also expanded its large print fiction area to cater to those who prefer or require larger text,” she added.

To celebrate the reopening and in honor of National Library Week, the Charles W. Gibson Library will be hosting an Open House on Thursday, April 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. This event will give the community an opportunity to explore the newly renovated library, meet the staff and learn about the services and programs offered.

With the refreshed look, expanded offerings and commitment to serving patrons, Norko said the library is poised to continue its vital role as a hub of learning and community engagement.

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