Elaine I. Sprauve Library Expected To Reopen Later This Month

A little more than a year after renovations began, the Elaine I. Sprauve Library is set to welcome patrons once again to its historic Enighed Estate House home by the end of July.
The project has seen its fair share of bumps in the road, however the renovations are on their final leg, explained Department of Planning and Natural Resources Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums Assistant Director Donald Cole.

“We are trying to move the computer system back in place,” said Cole. “That’s the last piece of the puzzle.”


The computer system, which has gone wireless, is currently being moved from the library’s temporary trailer home.

The library’s historic home underwent a complete overhaul in the last year. Air conditioning was installed, electricity was rewired and the interior walls of the building were plastered. The roof was repaired and varnished, the exterior was scraped and repainted, and the cistern was cleaned out and resealed.

The bathrooms were remodeled and the building’s grounds were cleaned up and landscaped.

The Estate House, which dates back to the turn of the nineteenth century, sat in ruins from the early 1900s until 1976, when the building was rebuilt and dedicated as the Elaine Ione Sprauve Library. The recent renovations are the first major overhaul to the building since its 1976 reconstruction.