We know we’ve been quiet here the past few weeks; this is because we have been hard at work. We have been dead set and determined that we would re-open on November 1st and have no further delay. I must admit there were a couple of weeks when I wasn’t sure we could humanly make that happen. But…
We put out a call for help, and help arrived! The Library Board and Staff cannot thank our volunteers enough! We are back on schedule. We would not have been able to open on time without this help!
In these past couple of weeks, over 900 boxes were delivered from the warehouse where they were stored. The moving company did place most of them on the shelves… at times in the right order. Staff and volunteers have been (and are continuing) “reading” the shelves. That is going book by book to place them in the right locations. We have also needed to unpack the additional 400 or so boxes of books that were at the Mini B. and in local storage at Horace Porter School. All of these volumes needed to be interfiled.
Because of changes in the floor plan, our original ideas about what collection would go where, shifted. Of course, as often is the case with plans made on the fly – some of these changes were great, some, not so much. We have needed to rearrange, ‘shifting’ collections, and altering what would go where and how, so that it was functional for use and fit. We needed to pare down some materials, and realized we needed to reserve space for future plans, that were already set in motion. All of this is in progress as I write.
Last but not least, we continue to receive new furnishing, such as chairs, computer tables, etc. We have all come to dread the phrase, ‘some assembly required’. Ratchets, screwdrivers and rubber mallets have been are new companions.
In the midst of this, we have FINALLY gotten our phone system working and our computers working. The computers were easier than the phones. For anyone who has set up computer systems, this will speak volumes.
We are almost close enough for count down and we all look forward to seeing our patrons again and returning to normal.