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Snohomish Library about to open with new look
September 03, 2016
(SNOHOMISH, WA.) -- The Snohomish Library will re-open Tuesday, Sept. 6, following an extensive replacement of the flooring. And Managing Librarian Jude Anderson says customers should be ready to be floored, too.
Workers install shelving at the Snohomish Library, getting set for Sept. 6 re-opening. CLICK TO ENLARGE
“We’ll be open and celebrating all day on Sept. 6, so come on over to the library,” Anderson said earlier this week. “The new carpeting looks just great, but we also took this month-long closure as an opportunity to rearrange some of our materials and services to give customers a better experience.”
While some of the shelving remained in place, other material displays and furniture have been moved. The adjustments are in response to the customer usage levels and patterns the library staff were seeing.
Below is a time-lapse video of the project.
“We have better browsing of reference and non-fiction materials,” Anderson said. Also, media materials such as CDs, DVDs and audiobooks get new, more accessible shelving and are now grouped with the appropriate age areas.
“Teen audiobooks are near the teen section; children’s music CDs are in the children’s section,” Anderson said. The library also addressed carrels and study areas.
“We added quiet study areas to supplement the space available for groups,” Anderson said. “We’ve also added power access to study carrels for electronic devices.” And, special attention was given to special collections.
“The international collection gets a high profile location and the classics collections is expanded to better meet high demand,” Anderson said. While the library was closed, staff operated a mini-library out of the meeting room.
“That went very well,” Anderson said. “The mini-library was well-used and customers said they really appreciated the effort to keep some library services available.” The flooring project that enabled all these changes went smoothly, said Brian Rush, facilities manager for Sno-Isle Libraries.
“The work went well and was actually ahead of schedule,” Rush said. “After 13 years of use in a public space, it was time to replace the carpet. he staff work area also had its hard floor replaced with hard tiles that are easy to replace but also more resistant to wear."
The flooring work is just part of ongoing maintenance and upgrades to the Snohomish facility in recent years. After energy efficiency upgrades in 2015, the building is using 17 percent less electricity and 70 percent less natural gas than it did in 2011.
Snohomish Library hours Starting Sept. 6:
Mon-Thu: 9 a.m.-8 p.m / Fri-Sat: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. / Sun : 1-5 p.m.
About Sno-Isle Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries serves 728,745 residents in Snohomish and Island counties through 21 community libraries, online services and Library on Wheels.