By the generous commitments of our legislators, as well as being the recipients of several grant awards, 2018 brings positive growth and change to our library. We have paved and expanded our parking lot with additional spaces, featuring a convenient drive up drop-box option and one-way traffic flow. Additionally, we’ve upgraded our community room furniture and phone system. In February, we will begin re-purposing the staff work room by carving out a section to create an enclosed quiet study space and small meeting room. We also plan to reduce energy costs by installing efficient LED lighting throughout the building and replacing our roof. Other future projects include installing a new site sign, purchasing a new digital microfilm machine and creating a new teen space. We are committed to offsetting the costs of the tax burden by diversifying our funding sources. In total, $392,138 was secured for our library to mitigate budget expenses to make safety and efficiency upgrades to our building, equipment and technology.

Below is a breakdown of grant awards:

The newly created quiet space will be enclosed and furnished to accommodate a variety of activities for the public. It will be equipped with two tables, eight comfortable seating chairs and enhanced lighting, and can be used as an alternate private meeting room space for when the large community room is booked or too large for your needs. It can also serve as a quiet study space for personal work, research and educational pursuits; a tutoring space and a quiet reading room.

The entire construction project should take 2-3 weeks and will be primarily contained within the walls of the staff workroom. Noise and disruption will be kept to a minimum, but there will be a couple of days when the noise level may be disruptive. During this period, the library will be offering limited programming, as the staff will be temporarily relocated to the community room. We ask for your understanding and patience, knowing that the positive changes you have been requesting are on the immediate horizon!