CRETE | The Crete Public Library held a grand reopening on Oct. 19 to celebrate the completion of its renovation project which began in April.
The family-oriented afternoon included exploring the library’s new spaces and services, a treasure hunt, raffle drawings for great prizes, music by Quintessential Strings, and balloon art by Mr. Smarty Pants and Balloon Expressions. The open house was a wonderful time for the library to recognize the community who over the last few years helped make the project a success by participating in surveys and focus groups during the space planning phase of the project.
The project began with the need to replace faulty carpeting in the 17-year-old building but it became an opportunity to rearrange the library’s interior space, since all the furniture, service desks and shelving would be moved in the process of installing new carpet. The goal of the renovation became to provide a functional, useable and pleasant library for today’s library users.
The library added two new public meeting spaces, a small study room and the Youth Services’ Acorn Room dedicated to children’s programming. A downstairs meeting room doubled in size and the teens received a new Young Adults area for hanging out and studying. More work stations and computers, updated meeting room audio visual equipment, security cameras, automatic bathroom doors, new comfortable seating and tables, plus two new self-check-out stations completed the redesign.
Despite repainting and recarpeting most of the building, the library managed to stay open all but four days during the project. The project was managed by Professional Building Services of Crete.