Daviess County Public Library is hosting an open house event to showcase their recent renovation of the upstairs children and teen areas.
“We’re looking forward to finally sharing the finished project with the community,” said Kara Schroader, DCPL marketing coordinator. “So far, we have received very positive feedback. Parents appreciate the children’s area being safely enclosed and teens appreciate having a space to call their own.”
But the children and teen areas weren’t the first choice for renovation.
When Erin Waller began as the director of the library over two years ago, plans were to renovate the south end of the building.
“It was very clear to me when I first started that we really needed to do some work in our children’s department,” Waller said. “At the time, I had an almost 2-year-old and I just wanted to create a space where we could be together and have a good time and I knew that people in this community really wanted that too.”
So Waller said the library switched gears and turned attention to a second floor renovation. Upgrades to the children’s area include a glass wall that encloses the area, which Waller says provides parents a sense of safety, and interactive features like a ball wall, light display, play kitchen, reading shed, puppet theater.
The community is invited to the open house event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to check out the renovation and enjoy refreshments, character visits, crafts and door prizes.
DID YOU KNOW?
Here is a quick, by-the-numbers glance into the Daviess County Public Library:
Program attendance: 46,191
Book checkouts: 361,049
Library visits: 683,049
Electronic checkouts: 813,462