Pair of Johnson County libraries starting renovations

Two branches of the Johnson County Public Library will be getting face-lifts, requiring the Franklin branch to close for weeks.

The White River branch will undergo construction starting Saturday to update restrooms. Construction will take about two weeks to complete, and the library will remain open, according to a news release from the Johnson County Public Library.

The Franklin branch will be closed for about three weeks, starting Thanksgiving week. New carpeting will be installed throughout the branch, so every item in the library will need to be moved. While carpeting is getting replaced, the bathrooms also will be updated with new counters, fixtures and stall dividers, the release said.

Library officials still are finalizing costs for the construction projects, but early estimates totaled the renovations at about $175,000.

While the Franklin branch is closed, the outside book drop still will be open for residents to return library materials.

Programs scheduled during the renovations, including Homeschool Hub, Preschool Storytime, Wonderful Ones/Terrific Twos, Military Family Fun, Bouncing Babies and Hop and Bop, will be canceled. Visit for more information about cancellations or rescheduling.

Library officials are finalizing the details of where residents can pick up books on hold while the branch is closed, said marketing and communications manager Jennifer Baltz.