The remodeling project for the Middlefield library will begin in August of this year and progress in five phases. Here is a brief description of what to expect in the upcoming months.
Phase 1: In mid-July, the public computers, reference desk, teen books, and music CDs will be relocated temporarily to other areas in the library where patrons will still have access to browse and check out materials.
Phase 2: During most of August, the children’s area will be a work zone, so we are planning to move as much of the collection as we can into our large meeting room, so that people are still able to browse for books. When that area is completed at the end of August, Phase 2 will move the work to the adult non-fiction and inspirational areas, and the same plan of moving those collections into the meeting room will happen. This portion of the project should only take a few weeks.
Phase 3: This phase will involve building new study rooms, and will affect the fireplace/magazine and paperback areas. It should take about a month, and be done in mid-October.
Phase 4: In this phase, the AV Room and current teen area will be remodeled. Never fear, your movies and audiobooks will be moved to the meeting room during this phase.
Phase 5: Lastly, the work zones for this phase will be the front entrance and circulation desk. This will take place in November, and everything should be back in place by Thanksgiving, we hope.
We will still have programs this fall. Children’s story times and programs will continue in the story hour room, which is no longer in the construction zone by mid-September. Some adult programs will be moved off-site to the Senior Center or the Historical Society. Thanks to both of those organizations for their generous accommodation. We will still be a polling place for Middlefield Township. We will still be checking out materials, placing holds, and answering reference questions. In short, it will be business as usual, although a little bit dustier.
The Middlefield Library is located at 16167 E. High St. (44062). Call 440-632-1961.