Posted by: houwr | 08/24/2012

Renovation Woes: What’s Changing at the Nola Brantley Memorial Library


It’s one of those necessary things that none of us want to do, but we’ve got to do it. If you think about it, the process of “weeding” at the library is very similar to the practices within your own flower garden: removing the unwanted growth (or outdated resources) to ensure proper growth of your beautiful buds (or to make room for new books). Here at the library, this can be a very sad and depressing process. Take me and my trustworthy sidekick Judith (Children Specialist here at Nola Brantley) – Judith will look through books, see that they are very old, and immediately remove them from the collection. But me…. well, I feel like a place in my heart has been torn away when I pull a severely worn item. Something inside of me continuously says, “don’t do it!” But the truth is nobody is reading those frazzled drawing books from the 1970s or that old and coverless copy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. We need to take these books out of our circulating collection, give them to our Friends of the Library members to be sold in our annual book sale, and order new and beautiful replacements for our shelves. And what better time to embark on this weeding journey than right before a huge library renovation!

Yes, I said it – the Nola Brantley Memorial Library is about to experience an extreme makeover. In fact, you may have already been feeling some of our growing pains. Not only are we “weeding” everything, but our operation hours have changed to the following:

Monday-Friday: 10 AM-6 PM
Saturday: 11 AM-3 PM
Sunday: Closed

If you’ve visited us within the last few days, you have noticed that our online catalog has been “masked.” Basically, this means that you can no longer look up any book we currently have in our library. Why are we doing this, you may ask? Well, 1) we are weeding out so many items that our current catalog is no longer an accurate reflection of our collection, and 2) we are in the process of creating a new catalog that will include all materials that we plan to move to our temporary location. Basically, we are looking forward to getting to know you better as you come up to the circulation desk and ask us for help whenever you need to look for a book… don’t hesitate, that’s what we’re here for!

So, now that I’ve given you the low-down on how things are presently working, let me fill you in on future happenings. To get ourselves moved, we are closing to the public from September 17-30. But don’t worry! We will then re-open on Monday, October 1 at our temporary location located at 610 Watson Blvd. (across the street and to the right of the recreation department). This location is much smaller than our current library building, but we will be able to house our newest, most popular items for you to browse and check out!

Since we are in such a huge time of transition, keep in mind that we will have no children, teen, or adult programs until after October 1, when we get settled into our temporary building. Both the Centerville and Perry branch libraries will resume regular programming by the end of August.

Whew! Now that I’ve given you all those dates and otherwise helpful information, I hope you will bear with us during our move and renovation project. As for me, I think it’s probably time to go finish “weeding” a non-fiction area. And, while this process pains me, I keep reminding myself of what wonderful materials we will order as replacements, and how useful and relevant our resources will be to you as a valuable patron. Ultimately, I keep picturing our newly renovated library building and how great our books will look inside!

To see a tentative drawing of our renovation plan, drop by the Nola Brantley Memorial Library anytime during operating hours. If you have questions about our renovation project, contact Mark at (478)923-0128.


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