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East El Paso library set to get major makeover

By: Gina Benitez
EL PASO, Texas -- The Irving Schwartz Library is getting a major facelift as part of the 2012 Quality of Life Bonds.

"We're getting a new children's area, we're getting a new computer lab. As you can see right now the computer lab is out in the open so it's going to be enclosed," said Martha Herrera, branch manager of the Irving Schwartz public library.

With the $2.2 million, 5,000-square-foot expansion comes a bigger work area for the staff and three small meeting rooms that fit up to four people each.

"Right now we work on carts because there's not enough space. The public is very excited because they're going to have a bigger space to read," Herrera said.

The library was built back in 1991 and since then, no work has been done to it.

"As you can see, the library is very small so this is something that's really needed for the public," Herrera said.

The library hopes the upgrades will bring more patrons in.

"It's wonderful, especially for the kids because I know that they have classes in the summer and they're expanding it and adding more to the library -- there will be more opportunities for the parents to bring them," said Laura Bailey, an east El Paso resident.

"It will help out, with the library expanding they'll have more area, it's spread out. People can do what they want in their own areas," said John Kraft, another east El Paso resident.

"We're looking at starting late this year and finishing sometime during the summer," Herrera said.