Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 pm with Cheri Fiory, Upper Dublin Public Library, Janet Fricker, Bethlehem Area Public Library and Susan Jeffery, North Pocono Public Library
Disclaimer – I’ve seen Upper Dublin’s renovations, but just saw images of the other two in today’s program.
Based on a 2009 study, the Upper Dublin Library knew they needed to focus on teen space and quiet space. Also knew they needed a quick-fix to get them through the next 5-10 years, so they asked for a low-cost, expanded space and went to the Township for $200,000. In the end:
- Design – $235,000
Friends – $105,000 for new furniture
Grants – $10,000
- New Teen space and daytime computer lab
- Quiet reading room
- Conference room
- New service desk and workroom
Recommend: Get help, communicate clearly, plan, and educate self on project management.
To my Kansas peeps, I say be thankful for Hans and Co.! Definitely worthwhile to have a general contractor or architectural consultant on the team to help review electrical schematics and other construction details the Library has to approve!
Medium – Bethleham historic building with no major changes since 1940’s – same fixtures and furniture, plus leaks, mold, water damage and exposed wires.
Started “Room to Grow” multi-phase funding campaign – fundraisers included:
- 1407 fundraiser – if each person in the service area gave $14.07, they’d reach $1 million
- Rotary golf tournaments
- Fashion Show
- Local restaurant gave percentage of profits = $38,000
- Fundraisers managed by staff – one person put Part-time into Development.
- Red, orange, yellow and green color scheme (even painted chairs)
- Carpet used creatively to differentiate Teen for children’s area and 2 other areas of library
- Two-sided Circ/Ref desk in middle – facing entrance
- Revived period lighting, refinished ALL shelving, closed 3 months (staff worked in basement adding security strips, in book mobile or at another branch)
- Used curved, modular furniture
- Received a community development grant
Large – North Pocono – new building to replace outgrown 1985 building on 9 acres of land
Had to scale back the building from 14,000 to 8,400 sq feet due to funding. Received USDA loan, RACP grant (only $250,000) and used naming opportunities and pavers going into the library.
- community center with outdoor porch
- meeting space – 90 seats with after-hours community access (door to library after foyer)
- Laptop checkout – work where you want, using a proprietary network, separate from open wifi network
- Added a TV with CNN on closed captioning to quiet reading area
- Teen shelves end-panels tiled with colorful, small square tiles – very tactile
- Reading tree hand-crafted by local artist in children’s area
- Future: nature programming outside door near children’s area, including a butterfly garden
- Electronic bulletin board in foyer to reduce clutter and paper
- Business Center with expanded desk space near copy machine for ‘away from home’ office
- Geothermal heat, but not LEED certified b/c of expense, but still very efficient and green design and construction
- Networking took more space than expected
Budgeting and Funding:
- $500,000 grant and USDA loan = government money has added expenses
- public bidding process required
- Testing reports to state required
- ADA requirements “tedious” – had to change railings in ADA bathroom multiple times
- Closed 3 weeks – only brought over books from old building
Circulation went up at all libraries after renovations. Bethleham saw their circ double and received additional funds from a local university. North Pocono saw circ go up and an increase in new users.
Thank you to the presenters – I hope we can start renovations sooner rather than later!