When you stop by your library sometime this summer if not a bit later, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what you’ll find. In a nutshell, we’re in the process of sprucing up the joint!
Other than the Yoffredo Activity Center, it has been quite a few years since the library last upgraded its surroundings, inside and out. Well, that’s all about to change. Over the next few weeks, you’ll see more building enhancements to what has been done already. For example, the library recently installed:
-Parking benches along the north and west side walkways (too far to walk for some on a hot day from the parking lot to the library’s front entrance)
-Began a new “Reading Garden” located at the south-west end of the building (offers Adirondack seating, a picnic bench, café lights, park bench, plants and will soon add a trellis, more plantings and even a waste container in royal blue and pink!)
-Two more beautiful functional art tables, one in the Adult area and other in Children
-New LED lighting in the lobby and over the Check-out Desk
-A new AED device
But, more is coming!
When you first enter, you’ll be greeted by a brand new colorful Check-Out Desk backed by a sky blue wall with white furnishings. Around the corner, you’ll come across two new red book drops centered by, yes, a freshwater aquarium! Perhaps one of the more exciting new services will be the Mark Mazurek Gaming Center sponsored by the Mazurek family in memory of one of our colleagues. It will be situated by the Gathering Area where the Teen and Study Rooms are located. Back in the Children’s Room, we are planning to install a cute little cottage for children to visit. I just can’t wait for you to see it! And throughout many of these areas especially in the Community Room, the flooring will be replaced, not by carpet but a colorful array of vinyl tile. (If you didn’t guess already, I am not a big fan of tan, beige or putty.)
And yes, even more is coming, but that’s for another column.
I know you take pride in your library. We do too. We are just finding other ways to make your library experience more memorable, less stressful and yes, far more enjoyable.
Gene P. Coppola, Library Director
Palm Harbor Library