Andrew Wyeth once said I prefer winter and Fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape–the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.
What does that mean for the library you may ask? Well, we’re changing direction and have decided to tackle the inside of the library first with the Youth Services’ Department update and change the Study Room back to the Teen area that was removed about 10 years ago.
The outside rear of the library by the prairie is on hold until we finish the inside.
Our Design Committee along with input from area Teens will drive this endeavor froward. Grants will be the main funding of this project.
We’ve already begun the plan to reconfigure the space to a Teen area in the former Study Area with existing furniture around the library and other furniture & shelving from storage. Initial plans will include shelving along the wall for anime & manga with a mixed use area of seating, tables, and technology. New color palette and carpet.
With talking to Teens, they feel they have no place for them and are unwelcomed to use the library which ties into them not attending programs. We are a library that welcomes all and there is need for a Teen area.
Some frequent questions are popping up about the booths and the Study Room area.
Are the booths in a permanent location?
There are no plans to return them to their original location but they may move near the Computer Lab.
Where else can Adults sit?
Of course the café area where the booths are now which also allows conversation to be louder, the tables along the window wall in the Information Services’ book stacks, the Adult Quiet Reading Area by the magazines, and even some space in the Computer Lab which is designated as a Quiet Zone.
I can understand it’ll be an adjustment but change is good. We will have a place where Teens feel welcome and not ignored. After all, Teens will become Adults and it’s important to assist them in their transition in the safety of the library. We need and want to be there for them. Teens need space to discover themselves as separate beings from their families. It is valuable growing space. Once it’s completed, everyone including Teens will have an area to be themselves.
As always, thank you to everyone who comes to the library to checkout materials, attend programs & events, and/or to catch up with friends.
Updated: December 20, 2019