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Renovated Library Will Offer New Features

An enlarged meeting facility, children’s area and quiet space are among the improvements.

With the Deerfield Public Library’s renovation project moving along on schedule and within budget, patrons will be able to look forward to a number of improvements over the former facility.

Library Board President Ken Abosch and Director Mary Pergander touted amenities like an expanded meeting area, quiet space for adults and an improved children’s area among the features.

Earlier: Library Construction Progresses on Schedule

“This will be a completely fresh, contemporary more natural library,” Abosch said. “There will be a brand new children’s pavilion. It will be a great area for kids. There will be a quiet room for adult reading.”

The old meeting area was one room which held 85 people for an event, according to Pergander. The new facility will have a room big enough to accommodate 150 with partitions which can divide it into three rooms for 45 or one 90 and another for 45.

“There will be sinks, counter tops and refrigerators,” Pergander said. “In the past people have wanted to serve refreshments. Now they can.”

There will be a computer laboratory where people can get on line and do research. “There will be classes to help people learn software,” Abosch said.

Instead of the two study rooms available before there will be eight. “This is ideal for individual or group study,” Abosch said. Shelving will also be more user friendly. “People won’t have to jump.”

There will also be improvements not so noticeable to patrons like an elevator for staff to move books between floors in addition to two public elevators. Lines will diminish with an additional checkout station.

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RB February 28, 2013 at 01:55 PM
I think the focus of having quiet areas, increased access, and study areas along with meeting space works. The proof is in the pudding. Priorities got out of whack when the former library took away the quiet reference room and turned it into staff space. Priority should be patron access and enjoyment. Our tax dollars going toward a better and larger library makes sense in this economy. Woodland Park and Deerfield Road underpass construction are examples of poor decisions where 'wants' get built while 'needs' become referendum.
Deerfield Resident February 28, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Who cares...just trying to justify a BAD expenditure when nothing s/b spent. Of course a liberal will rip other expenditures to cover up their bad money spent. RB ... you're on the Internet night and day ...ever here of books on line or ancestry.com? They had enough books..get your book, get out and go home. Quiet rooms and play areas for moms to drop off their kids- please! Deerfield missed the boat years ago in trying to keep up with other libraries and nows the wrong time to have hit tax payers with this silly expense. The school ref would be much easier to swallow if you would have thought ahead and saved rather than spend on everything that comes up.
Jon Hall February 28, 2013 at 04:32 PM
Mind if we wait and see and experience for ourselves? None of this seems to add up or make sense until it's finished. I will say that spending money to partially tear down existing old construction and then expand the remnants, within a limited physical space is a dubious choice. You'll never get an outcome equal to tearing the whole thing down and rebuilding an entire new facility. What the heck is a "more natural library” other than some poorly chosen words in a self-serving press? In this day and age, a more natural library, to me, suggests finding the knowledge, information and reading I require on my Ipad....from the comfort of my home.
RB February 28, 2013 at 09:20 PM
DR- it's cloudy today. Let me know what you find wrong with that statement. You're obsession with me is especially scary, now that Illinois joins the ranks of the concealed carry. You don't want to spend money to improve the schools or the library. What should the Village invest in? a gun range? They will not lower the tax rate, so spend the money wisely. Legendary? Hum, you use that word in another of your obsession postings and so does Abby. Here's an idea for the two of you....Couple wanted for expedition to Mars
Walter White March 01, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Exactly. Building a new library 15 years ago would have made sense. In 10 years, it will be a glorified coffee bar where people go to drink and talk over their ebooks.
Deerfield Resident March 01, 2013 at 01:14 AM
Yeah RB my obsession isn't with you ...it's your idiotic ideas...read the rest of the posts. See you or Sully the next time either of you express yourselves!!!!
Just Sayin March 01, 2013 at 02:42 AM
Once again you have exposed yourself as a enemy of the intellect DR.
RB March 01, 2013 at 03:10 AM
DR The referendum funding for the library already passed. If the money is being spent, don't you care about how it's spent? You're wrapped around the axle again about water that's already under the bridge. You're late to the game, but we've dealt with tea party mumbo jumbo on here in the past...nothing new or original about anything you say. You're the weakest of 7 or 8 on here who say the same thing over and over. You simply don't contribute, you're an amplifier and that's all.
Steve Furman March 02, 2013 at 06:37 PM
If you hate here so much. Move... please do.
Breen Tivnan Inkmann March 20, 2013 at 10:24 PM
DR - "play areas for moms to drop off their kids- please!" Libraries are not jungle gyms or parks for people to "drop off " their kids as you suggest. They are places for learning and expanding knowledge. Of course children are welcome, that is why a new and inviting childrens library that gets them invested and interested at a young age is so vitally important and will ALWAYS be important. Learning should be a community effort, whether between child/parent or child/librarian...why would you want to "drop off" your child as you suggest and forget about them? Don't you want to be involved with your child? To see them learn and grow is a magical thing and once you miss it, you've missed it!
Breen Tivnan Inkmann March 20, 2013 at 10:32 PM
WW - "it will be a glorified coffee bar where people go to drink and talk over their ebooks." I should hope so! At least people will still be reading and that will foster engaging discussion about what they have read. With growing urban sprawl and people have less and less places to gather. Most people live in small apartment spaces. To have a place to go to that has the vibe of the best Brooklyn coffee shop combined with a passionate chronicler and cataloger of information – who wouldn’t want to visit? Besides that, many libraries offer free literacy services. (Almost 6 million adults are functionally illiterate in the United States [http://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/services/readfact.shtml]. Many of these people have undiagnosed learning disabilities, physical hardships, and severe social handicaps.) Libraries also offer: free tutoring, free cultural events, book signings, access to technology such as computers for free, computer programs, movies for rent, music. These are places where people come together to co-work, coordinate and invent together. Wouldn't you want to live, work and pay taxes in a town that had a library like that? Oh, you do.
Deerfield Resident March 21, 2013 at 12:50 AM
BI thanks for the parenting lesson - my kids are already very successful wage earners and I went to virtually all of there activities . You must know that most parents in this town just love to drop off their kids somewhere ...park district classes all day for example so they can play cards or shop...just don't want to do it on my dime at the libraryy tax dollars are paying for....my simple message is this- stop all spending until we get this community organizer out of office and the economy gets better
Walter White March 21, 2013 at 12:56 AM
We have plenty of places to drink coffee and talk in Deerfield. We don't need a brand new library that will be obsolete in 10 years on the taxpayer's dime. You're talking about urban sprawl and illiteracy services. You know we're talking about Deerfield, right? I'm not commenting about every public library in the world, just this one.
DPS 109 Staff March 30, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Can not wait to check out the renovated library once it is finished. It is so exciting to have this change to hopefully help spark younger generation's interest in reading and exploring a world without video games.

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