Thanks to John Maher Builders and Thurmon’s Flooring, the more than 14,000 children that attend programs at the Spring Hill Library each year will now enjoy a newly redecorated children’s section featuring brand new carpeting.
A team of library staff and volunteers partnered with the installation experts from Thurmon’s Flooring to complete the project that had been in the works for over a year. John Maher Builders contributed funds to cover the materials and labor which were provided at a reduced rate by Thurmon’s Flooring.
“New carpeting for our children’s area has been at the top of our wish list for a long time,” said Marsha Gallardo, Spring Hill Public Library Children’s Librarian. “It is amazing that we could turn to businesses like John Maher Builders and Thurmon’s Flooring to bring this to fruition. The end result is simply amazing and certainly appreciated.”
The approximate 3,600 square feet of carpeting was replaced with durable, commercial grade carpet squares. Repairs to the floor were made and new baseboards were installed as well.
“This improvement really put a fresh look on the Children’s Library,” said Tony Maher, Project Manager for John Maher Builders. “The process ran very smoothly. The volunteers did a great job and really helped to offset the costs of tearing out the old carpeting and moving the furniture back and forth. We were glad to get it done and glad we could help.”
“We try to partner with organizations throughout the community to reach as many people as possible,” said Wayne Thurmon, owner of Thurmon’s Flooring. “The new carpeting will be more durable and better suited for this commercial application since the squares can be removed and replaced as needed. The volunteers did a phenomenal job in having the rooms prepped and ready for our installers. Everyone came together to keep the ball rolling and make this happen
Charlie Schoenbrodt, a member of the Friends of the Spring Hill Library (an organization dedicated to supporting the mission of the Spring Hill Library) and also a member of the Spring Hill Planning Commission, was instrumental in bringing all parties together.
“When The Friends of the Library first learned about the need for new carpeting in the Children’s Library, we knew that it would take everything we had and then some to fund a project of this magnitude,” said Schoenbrodt. “I started talking with John Maher and Tony Maher and they offered to provide the majority of the funding for the project. The folks at Thurmon’s came through by offering the materials and labor at cost. I think the world of John Maher. I can’t put words down to say how much it means; what he’s done for the city – not just this project, but everything he’s done over the years
Alan Couch, Director of the Spring Hill Library, said the new carpeting is a big step in continuing to create a space that looks and feels welcoming for visitors.
“For me as a Library Director, it is something special when a community member like John Maher steps up and says ‘what you guys are doing is important and I want to support it.’ It is a really big help,” Couch said. “Everyone that contributed to this project put forth great effort. All of the hard work was definitely worth it.”
Pictured: Charlie Schoenbrodt, member of the Friends of the Spring Hill Library and Spring Hill Planning Commission, Sam Long, library volunteer, Tony Maher, Project Manager for John Maher Builders, (seated) Marsha Gallardo, Children’s Librarian and Alan Couch, Director of the Spring Hill Library. Not pictured Jim Douglas, library volunteer.
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