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Streator library to expand collections

Some books, computers may be unavailable during renovations

The Streator Public Library is preparing for a week of renovations at the end of the month, which will allow it to expand its collections.
The Streator Public Library is preparing for a week of renovations at the end of the month, which will allow it to expand its collections.

New books are on the way to the Streator Public Library.

The library is preparing to start renovations at the end of the month that will allow expanded collections.

Library Director Cindy Maxwell said she can’t wait for visitors to see more extensive large print, teenager and children’s selections.

“I’m very excited about this. I think the kids’ area has really needed a facelift for a while,” Maxwell said. “Also we got word that we’ll be receiving a $4,000 book grant for picture books. We’re very excited about that because that collection needed to be updated.”

The work will begin on Monday, April 30, and go until Saturday, May 5.

New carpeting will be installed on the main floor and there will be a limited number of computers available during a portion of the work. Some books may be temporarily stored elsewhere during the transition.

The large print collection will be moved to the second floor to allow room for expansion. The teenager area also will be expanded with additional shelves, tables, chairs and books including both nonfiction and graphic novels.

Shelving from the kids’ area will be moved upstairs to make way for new shelving and short stacks that are more user-friendly for children.

Some of the new books have already been purchased and more will be added once the library staff knows how much extra space they’ll have following the renovations.

“It’s going to be a little bit of something for everyone,” Maxwell said.

The book sale room on the upper level also is under construction and a limited selection will be available on the shelves on the first floor, east of the computers.

Additionally, the staff said new lighting and a renovated meeting room on the upper level are possibilities.

“Everything is going well and on target,” Maxwell said. “It’s going very smoothly and we’re really happy with the ways things are going so far.”

For more information, visit streatorpubliclibrary.org or fb.com/Streator-Public-Library-179305588870819.

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