Pathfinder Library installs accessible automatic door

Patrons at the Pathfinder Community Library will have easier access to the library, thanks to the instillation of a new automatic door, made possible by two grants. (Star photo/Shanna Avery)

Patrons at the Pathfinder Community Library will have easier access to the library, thanks to the instillation of a new automatic door, made possible by two grants. (Star photo/Shanna Avery)

BALDWIN — Patrons of the Pathfinder Community Library in Baldwin may have noticed some construction going on. The library is happy to announce the completion of a project to upgrade the front entryway with a new barrier-free automatic door.

The upgrades help ensure community visitors and patrons with mobility issues have easier access to the library and all of its resources.

The new door has a pull handle for regular use and a push button to automatically open the door both inside and out, as needed.

Library officials are happy the project is finally finished after delays due to the pandemic and the heavy demand for construction companies made completion longer than anticipated.

Patrons using the new automatic door have been quite excited to be the first to use it.

"We have had at least 15 people use the (automatic feature) of the door, and love it," said library director Bonnie Povilaitis.

Lon Reddy Builders, Inc., from Cadillac, completed the installation of the new door, and the cost of the project was assisted by two grants, thanks to Great Lakes Energy and the Lake County Community Foundation.