The Library will be closed beginning Thursday, June 21, through Friday, July 6 to allow for preparations to open the library’s new Youth Wing and entrances. Regular library hours will resume on Saturday, July 7 at 1 p.m. The community is invited to a special celebration and ribbon cutting to open the new wing, with “Sundae Sunday” on Sunday, July 8, 1-5 p.m. Ice cream sundaes and fun family events will be happening all afternoon including crafts, storytime and a cake walk for kids. Teens are invited to participate in a “flash mob” featuring a famous literary character to celebrate the opening. Teens interested in participating in the flash mob at the July 8 opening should register now for a workshop to be held on July 6.
The added space for teens and kids will allow for more computers and materials to check out; flexible classroom space for activities including storytime, book groups, and collaborative study; and additional study and media rooms. Other components of the Youth Wing include a new Early Literacy room, and a significantly larger teen space to further serve the growing needs of the community.
“Parents will find resources and tools to promote literacy, while teens will have increased access to collaborative workspaces and multiple recreational technologies,” said D. Gifford, the library’s new Youth Services Manager. “The new wing supports our vision of creating a community hub for children and youth, parents and families, educators and caregivers.”
Services & Programs During the Closure
Although librarians will not be available for reference help or other library services during the closure, patrons can utilize many online resources via the library’s website, TCLib.org. Use your library card number and PIN to access library databases and your personal library card account; download books from the library’s ebook collection; and read staff reviews.
Library programs will continue to happen at off-site locations during the closure, including an array of Teen and Kids’ Summer Reading events, adult discussion programs, lectures and book clubs. See the library online calendar, TCLib.org/calendar, for event information during the closure and throughout the month.
No checked-out library materials will have due dates during the closure except for interlibrary loan (ILL) materials borrowed from outside of Teton County. ILLs may be returned at any time in the library book drop, located just outside the library entrance. Patrons are encouraged to hold on to materials which are not due back until the library reopens, to assist in minimizing the number of materials needing to be reshelved during the closure.
The next phase of the building project will be renovation of the original library building. The library’s existing electrical, data and building systems are being replaced, upgraded and modernized. This will increase energy efficiency as well as allow improved electronic access for patrons. The entire project completion is planned for January 2013. Architects on the project are Gilday Architects with Humphries/Poli Architects, and Construction Manager is GE Johnson.
For updates, temporary closures and information about this project, visit: http://www.tclib.org/addition and http://www.tclib.org/calendar. Follow us at http://www.twitter.com/TetonLibrary to get last-minute construction updates via tweets or like us on http://www.facebook.com/TCLibrary to get weekly construction and event information. You can also sign up for our monthly events e-calendar, which will include important construction dates and closures at http://www.tclib.org/enews. For construction questions, call Dail Barbour, Facility Manager at 307-733-2164 ext. 121 or Deb Adams, Director at 307-733-2164 ext. 128.