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Library adding café, teen room: $300K facelift underway this week

Posted 12/1/19

Patrons will notice a few changes in the coming weeks as the Wilson County Public Library’s main branch undergoes renovations.

Those renovations are slated to begin this week with portions of …

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Library adding café, teen room: $300K facelift underway this week

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Patrons will notice a few changes in the coming weeks as the Wilson County Public Library’s main branch undergoes renovations.

Those renovations are slated to begin this week with portions of the building closed but other areas — including the main entrance and checkout desk — open for business.

“We will enhance our services by improving the appearance of all public areas of the building, as well as creating a dedicated space for our teens,” said Molly Westmoreland, the library’s director. She said while snack machines are already available, the library will be adding hard-surface flooring to create a café environment with plenty of tables and chairs for customers to connect to the internet and read, study, or socialize.

“New seating and seating areas will allow customers to relax and enjoy their surroundings,” Westmoreland said.

Due to the renovations, the main branch on Nash Street will be closed on selected days in December.

Those closure dates include Wednesday, Dec. 18, Thursday, Dec. 19, and Friday, Dec. 20. The library will reopen on Saturday, Dec. 21 and will also be open on Monday, Dec. 23. The library will be closed for the holidays — Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and the day after Christmas.

Officials say they are excited about the new changes coming to the library.

The county is funding the nearly $300,000 facelift, which is part of capital outlay improvements in this year’s budget.

TYPES OF RENOVATIONS

New flooring will be installed throughout the 40,000 square feet of public areas in the main library. There will be new carpeting on both levels, as well as wood-like tile in the assembly room, on the mezzanine for the new Library Café, in the Maker Space and the Adult Services Computer Lab.

An area will be partitioned off to create a teen room that will provide areas for computer and internet access, group study, socializing, gaming and after-school activities. The library will purchase new seating to enhance comfort and complement the building’s architecture and new flooring.

In order to better serve customers, one portion of the Adult Services reference desk will be moved closer to the department entrance.

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