From the NCPL Director's Desk
Any day now, our renovation project will begin! Michiana Contracting, from Plymouth, was awarded the bid for the interior work and the roof. The facelift for the inside of the library includes carpet, paint, bathroom renovations, and a small expansion of our Creative Space. The work will happen in two phases. In the first phase, the side of the building with teen and children’s areas will be closed. In the second phase, the adult end of the building will be closed.
I expect the first phase to begin before the end of the year. You’ll notice a flurry of activity happening to make sure that you have access to the most used library services while we are under construction. The newest and most popular books from the teen and kids collections will be moved to the adult end, as well as new magazines. Creativity tools, like the iMac and the Cricut will be moved to the Local History Room. A number of computers from the youth side will be moved into the adult end.
Because we know that play is so important to learning, we are moving our children’s play space to the conference room. They will still be able to enjoy many of the fun and educational activities they are used to enjoying. The gaming systems for teens will be available when the meeting room is not in use. The Local History Room will be maintained as a quiet space to read or get work done on a laptop which you can check out at the front desk. We will also offer the usual slate of programs for all ages. Storytime, Euchre, creative classes for seniors, the Teens after school group will all continue uninterrupted.
Anytime renovations happen, there will be inevitable disruptions to the normal flow of things. We thank you in advance for your patience. We are always happy to help you find what you are looking for, so please ask. We will post updates to the project on our website, www.ncpl.lib.in.us, and our Facebook page. And, of course, I encourage you to stop by and see the excitement for yourself.