Central Library Building Enhancements

Jul 30, 2013 08:07:48 AM

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Kalamazoo, MI –

The Kalamazoo Public Library Central location at 315 S. Rose Street will undergo building enhancements this summer through the New Year. The building will remain open during the improvement process and patrons will be notified of any location changes for affected programming and events.

Kalamazoo Public Library Selected as a Family Place Library

Building Enhancements to Central Location Begin End of July

The Children’s Room is being redesigned to accommodate KPL’s selection as a Family Place Library™. Expanding on the traditional role of children’s services, Family Place builds on the knowledge that good health, early learning, parental involvement and supportive communities play a critical role in young children’s  growth and development. Family Place Libraries redesign the library environment to be welcoming and appropriate for children beginning at birth; connect parents with resources, programs and service agencies; and reach out to non-traditional library users. This creates the network families need to nurture their children’s development during the critical first years of life and helps ensure all children enter school ready and able to learn. Kalamazoo Public Library is proud to have been selected as a Family Place Library due to our decades of service and dedication to early childhood literacy and the success of existing parent/child programming and support services. For more information about Family Place visit www.familyplacelibraries.org.

The enhancement of the Children’s Room redefines work areas so that adequate space can be created for an interactive activity room where children and their  caregivers can participate in Family Place activities and programs. Other areas of the Children’s Room will be redesigned accordingly with this expansion to create a better visiting experience for children and their care givers. Toys and some programming for the new activity room will be paid for by a Family Place grant.

Renovations and improvements will also be taking place on the second floor Reference and Local History areas. The redesign will allow for improved visitor flow with easier access to materials, copy and print machines and an area in the rotunda for current periodicals and audiobooks. The local history department will also be expanded into the former tech center.

Miller Davis was selected as the construction company after a two-week bidding process. The building improvements will be paid for with funds designated for this purpose from KPL’s endowment fund as well as a generous donation from Major General and Mrs. John S. Patton of McLean, VA. Their generous gifts will pay for the work to expand the local history room.

Programs and services will continue during the construction process. For more information, please call 269-553-7879.

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