Wednesday, March 10, 2010

We're Closing for Our New Look

Word certainly has gotten around that we will be closed next week for installation of new carpeting throughout the Library. I've had many people ask me about what we will be doing. Here are a few of the typical questions I've heard:

Will you have the week off? Well, the short answer to that is, no. We will all be participating in the packing, moving and replacing of all the books, furniture and shelving! We will have help, however. Fortunately we do not have to do it all.

What will you be doing? We will take this opportunity to rearrange and spruce up much of the Library. Following the carpet installation, we will make good use of the generous donations received in memory of Dr. Clifford Tillman. These donations will be matched with money from the Friends and will be used to refurbish our Periodicals room. We are looking to make the room a relaxing, well-appointed space for patrons and visitors to sit comfortably, read newspapers and magazines, use their laptops or just relax in quiet surroundings.

Many changes have occurred in reference collections in recent years. So many more online resources are available that Reference Departments have become smaller. On the other hand, our Young Adult (teen) section has grown tremendously in the last few years. So, what had been our Reference Room will now be our Teen Zone, and a reduced reference collection will be available in the old Large Print area. Some of the reference items will be moved to the non-fiction area and will be available for checking out.

We have had many requests for movies on DVD, and have received donations of DVD's. These donations will be added to our video collection. We will be happy to accept donations of DVD's after we reopen to expand this section.

Upstairs, you will find changes, as well. Our Children's department will be rearranged to be more welcoming and fun for our young readers. The Genealogy department will also undergo a “face-lift.” Come “check” us out!

Can I return my books? Yes, but… We would prefer if you would wait until we reopen to return your materials. Nothing will be due during the week we are closed. Eligible items may be renewed online, and you may leave a voice mail to request a renewal. Please leave a telephone number where you may be reached in case the items cannot be renewed. Materials may be returned in our drop box, if necessary. However, we will be boxing up and moving over 50,000 items, so unless you absolutely have to get your items in, please wait until we reopen to return them!

Thanks! We appreciate all the support and enthusiasm of our patrons who have expressed interest in these improvements and even offered to volunteer their time. We hope you will all be pleased with our new look and visit us often. Our intention is always to provide the best service possible. We think these changes will help us do just that! Thank you.

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