Elmira, NY (WENY) – A project geared towards teens that has been in the works since 2015 will soon open at the Steele Memorial Library. As of next month the library will kick off renovations to install a new teen space.

Renovations will take place on the second floor, creating a space for teens that will have all the books and resources they need in one spot.

“What we've discovered when looking at our selection and programs that we have, there's been a need for a teen space so that when teens come in they have a place where their materials are easily accessible, they have an opportunity to have more programming in the area, and plus it provides them a safe place to come in, relax, be teens and just enjoy the library experience,” said Ronald Shaw, Director of the Chemung County Library District.

The project is being funded by a combination of grants and library foundation monies. The renovations is expected to cost an approximate $430,000. Construction is set to begin next month.

Books that once filled the shelves have been moved to a different section of the library or have been discarded all together as a result of the weeding process. A Part of the construction involves the removal of the empty shelves and installing walls to make the section an enclosed area.

“What we're doing is going through and taking materials that have not circulated in several years, or contain misleading information, or are physically damaged to where it is not feasible to repair them. We'll remove them from the shelves, which will give us more available space so that we can condense the non-fiction collection,” said Shaw.