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Lister Drive Library renovation continues

Repairs to a disused library in Liverpool are underway and the development could make quality flooring more fashionable in the city.

Lister Drive Library, which is about a century old, saw its doors close back in 2006 and brambles have since occupied some of the site.

Money is now being spent to help restore the listed building to its former glory. Lister Steps, a local charity involved in childcare, has got involved with the scheme.

Liverpool City Council has donated £100,000 to the ambitious project and further funding is being sought from lottery money. As the floor of the library has been replaced, any opening of the building could see the generation of more interest in wood flooring in Liverpool .

Kerry Massheder-Rigby from Lister Steps has told the Liverpool Echo:

“The money for the original library was given by Andrew Carnegie who believed in people educating themselves. He felt libraries were the biggest contribution you could make to a community and what we want to do is something very much in the spirit of that, but with a relevance to today.”

While childcare is likely to be provided at the library, it would appear that consultation with the community will have an influence on the other activities that might occur. In turn, these activities could have a bearing on how the floor is maintained.

Ronnie Hughes, a local photographer, has taken an interest in the work on the old library. He has stressed the importance of such architecture in terms of the way residents feel about their city.

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