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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Library makeover will wow users

The library's facade is striking when viewed from Library Park.

Got a sneak peek at the Plainfield Public Library's makeover the other day.

All I can say is this is not going to be your grandmother's library.

The re-arrangement of all the stacks to the Park Avenue side of the building makes the rest of the interior seem more spacious than ever.

Library Director Joe Da Rold said that plans showing the original layout of the library when first built had been brought to his attention, and staff will be developing a display showing how the library's layout has changed over the years to meet changing user needs.

Things are still quite torn up -- there is yet another week's worth of work to be done before re-opening -- and I will be taking another look (with camera) during the upcoming week.

While the library's users may have been inconvenienced by the closing, Director Joe Da Rold advised that using the library's staff to do the rearranging of the collection saved the library taxpayers many thousands of dollars over the typical route of hiring a company specializing in that service.

How refreshing!

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Bob said...

Thank God our mayor didn't get her way. Why does she always want to take the library away from us? She clearly doesn't care much for the children and adults in Plainfield.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear the library renovations are going to be swoon worthy. I love the library. My only criticism of the library is that there needs to be better enforcement of library rules. I cannot get work done there as some of the patrons are on cell phones, planning illegal activities, and other unsavory activities.

Can't the city do a better job of ensuring that a police presence is in the library to make sure that the unsavory folks do not find it a safe haven from which to make the city a less safe place??