Renovation complete at Fayette library 2012.09.12

Written by David Green.

F.library.1When Fayette’s Normal Memorial Library re-opened recently after closure for renovation, patrons thought they were seeing new seating and new computers.

It’s true there’s a lot of new carpet and a new table for computers, but that’s mostly where the “new” ends, with one big exception—a new arrangement of the old.

Bookcases have been moved—sometimes turned in a different direction—to create a new use of the existing space. The new look has fooled some visitors into thinking the library actually grew in size.

A new reading area was created in the middle of main library, bringing into clear view chairs that have been part of the library for years. The reading area used to be located in the back and was largely blocked by bookcases. Now, an inviting area greets patrons when they enter the facility and it’s getting a lot more use.

The former computer tables were replaced with a work station that places the computers around a table for better use of space.

Videos are available to buy at the library as the movie collection converts to DVD only—another space-saving change.

On the children’s side, a desk was moved and bookcases rearranged to create a much larger space for programs. The children’s area also has new carpeting.

Some “weeding” of books is also underway to make for a less crowded look.

Library staff members invite area residents in get a first-hand look at the “new and bigger” library.

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