When you’re able to safely return to your neighborhood library, things may look a little different. With the temporary absence of patrons in the buildings, the library’s maintenance and facilities team saw an opportunity to update and improve many areas at different library locations.  

In the last couple months, Lakeview Library has gotten a face-lift. The front area was completely redone, paid for with funds from the Cheryl Rosen Weston estate. Other updates included:

  • expanded and reconfigured shelving in the adult and teen areas
  • fresh paint
  • new carpeting
  • the installation of two self-check machines
  • new high tables and chairs for laptop use
  • new display tables​
  • new end tables for comfortable reading space in adult area
  • a new closet in teen space
  • new flooring in teen space
  • new tables for computers in teen space
  • a café table and high chairs for teen space
  • new 1.5-times-width, comfortable chairs in the kids’ area for parent/kid co-reading

Still to come are comfortable chairs for the adult area, and a new lighting system that will also be installed at several other libraries, said Lakeview Library Supervisor Carra Davies.

Lakeview currently has a beautiful “window shopping” setup. If you see something in the display that you’d like to take home, simply use the intercom at the door to make your request.

Special thanks to the Library Maintenance team for all the painting; Nonn’s for its flooring help; Joe Daniels Construction for constructing the wall near the self-check and for the closet; and Deb Haeffner from SCLS for the design, as well as ordering the furniture and shelving.

Hawthorne Library also saw some big changes recently. A new laptop bar was installed facing the front window, the restroom got a new countertop, and a new book drop was added. Future improvements include the removal of the header in the back of the library to let in more natural light, new LED lighting, new carpet and fresh paint.