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Elyria Library OKs several naming rights at new branches


This story has been edited to reflect the following correction: The naming rights for the Elyria Public Library Central Branch are not available for sale.

ELYRIA — The Elyria Public Library Board of Trustees approved several naming rights at its new library branches.

The Central service desk will be named after Ralph and Bernandine Capasso for their $5,000 donation; a makerspace cart will be named for the Elyria Sunrise Rotary for its $5,000 gift; the South children’s storytime nook will be named after Celeste Brlas’ and Ken Frankel’s grandchildren for the $5,000 donation.

At May’s board meeting, the group gave feedback and suggestions for the Central library building’s look and design. On Monday, Director Lyn Crouse said they received preliminary pricing on what the cost of the design would be and it’s over budget.

Crouse said they would go back to the drawing board and see what changes would need to be made.

The pricing estimate for the Keystone branch almost is complete, with a few tweaks and changes left. Crouse said that an estimate on the changes to be made to the West River branch would help them figure out how much would be left for the Central location.

At the construction of the South location, rainfall has stopped some of the progress. Puddles of water have gathered at parts of the new location.

Crouse showed a 3D video of what the Central location could look like, which isn’t yet finalized, but board members said it made them excited for what is to come.

The Central branch, which will be at 322 Broad St., will cost an estimated $8 million.

Contact Laina Yost at (440) 329-7121 or

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