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Moore: Renovations to make library 'even better'

Community Voice

Published: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

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Shifts in society and in our community are changing the way you use your library. While we will always be the place for you to discover the latest bestseller or bring your kids to storytime, we know that you also look to us to help you download a book or configure your newest device. You want dynamic places to meet with friends to study for a test or work with business partners to create your strategic plan.

In making Elmhurst Public Library even better, over the next 18 months, we’ll be updating the second floor by shifting the collection to make room for an updated teen area, a reconfigured business center, media labs, and more study rooms.

Another part of Even Better @ EPL includes offering a larger variety and more frequent programming, including:.

• Beatlemania in 2014: Along with the rest of the world, EPL is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arriving in the U.S. Film screenings include two documentaries about our favorite boy band.

• All Aboard! The Kids’ Library will be featuring programming focused on kids’ favorite mode of transportation: trains! Look for a train celebration, train safety, a train display, and more at the Kids’ Library in September.

• Senior Series: Monthly daytime programs especially for the 55-and-older crowd – crafts, entertainment, and social events to fit your schedule.

Some things will remain the same but become even better, including:

• Book discussions: New this fall is a book club gathering at Wilder Mansion in which all area book clubs are invited for wine-tasting, treat-eating, and, of course, book-discussing.

• Technology programs: Over the past year, we’ve increased the number of programs to help you become more tech-savvy, including classes on Windows 8, WordPress, and Cutting the Cable Cord.

• Clubs: We’ll continue the casual drop-in programs, with interests based on knitting, cooking, speaking Italian, blogging, and more.

With construction bids coming in August, the plan is to “break ground” in early October by replacing the wood in the main staircase with more durable stone-like flooring. The rest of the second-floor renovation will proceed in phases:

Phase 1: Shifting the book collection; building a teen area, including an enclosed room for creative and scholarly work.

Phase 2: Constructing a computer commons area, a business center, new small meeting rooms, and computer training lab.

Phase 3: Installing a fireplace and magazine/newspaper reading and browsing area.

Find up-to-date information at elmlib.org/evenbetter.

Cheryl Moore is public information coordinator at Elmhurst Public Library.

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