by Kristin CasaleReporterStow -- According to Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library Director Doug Dotterer, the library is long overdue for some improvements.During the Board of Trustees' Buildings and Grounds Committee meeting Wednesday, Dotterer outlined the beginning stages of the facility's Renew and Refresh Interior Renovation Project.The inside of the library has not been redone for nine years, said Dotterer, stating the facility is due for another renovation.Approximately $139,000 will be used "to do a light refreshing of the building," he said. "From all the traffic we receive in the building, it gets a lot of use and wear and tear."According to Dotterer, the project will replace some of the furniture in the front of the first floor of the library and the teen section. Chairs used for the desks located throughout the facility also will be replaced.Additionally, new display signs will be installed throughout the building, and a shortcut between two areas of the children's section will be created for easier navigation.Dotterer said most of the renovations will begin after some areas of the library are repainted, which is expected to be complete by the end of April. He could not provide a cost estimate for the painting project.While the renovation will deal with several immediate changes to the building, the initiative is considered a long-term project, said Dotterer.One of the library's long-term goals involves replacing one quarter of the building's roof, which is located in the western half of the library. That section of roof has been leaking, and library officials are investigating the cost and possibility of replacing that portion in the next two to three years, according to Dotterer.In addition to redoing the inside of the library, he said improvements will take place outside of the facility as well. A pair of security cameras will be installed on the building to replace the cameras that were removed last year, said Dotterer, stating the old cameras were removed because staff members were not satisfied with their performance.The cost to install the new cameras is approximately $9,000, Dotterer said, stating he believes the technology is needed.In December, someone set a recycling bin on fire in the facility's parking lot during the night that could have spread to the building had it not been put out in time by the Stow Fire Department, said Dotterer."If we had our new cameras in place, we would have caught that arsonist," he said.Dotterer said he expects the new cameras to be installed by the end of April.A change on the library's grounds also will occur this year, he said. The wooden fence located on the western border of the facility's property will be replaced in April or May at a cost of $14,485, said Dotterer, stating the current fence is deteriorating."We try to stay on top of what's going on ... so problems don't come up down the road," he said.E-mail: kcasale@recordpub.comPhone: 330-686-3917