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.
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“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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