The Norfolk Public Library might look a little different in a month. It is currently undergoing renovations that will keep it closed until late May.
Library Director Jessica Chamberlain explains why now was the right time for the changes.
“The original building was built in 1977, so it’s been about 40 years, a little more,” said Chamberlain.“So it was just time to update the building for current needs. To meet the changes in the community, to meet the larger population that we have now, and just the different ways that libraries serve the community.”
So what can the community expect to see when the dust from the construction has settled?
“When they come back May 29 or anytime after that, the main entrance will be done and ready,” said Chamberlain.
“There will be a new service desk, the computer lab will be moved and also some of the new features of the library like the heritage room, our makers space and our community space will be ready for people to use.”
The library is also embracing new and alternative methods of distributing knowledge to the public.
“The library checks out books and movies, CD’s, video games, wi-fi hotspots, magazines, all sorts of things you can check out and take home,” Chamberlain said.
“Libraries are all about learning and in the past that container was typically a book. But, we know now that learning takes place in lots of different environments and through lots of different methods and so that includes computers and digital literacy and learning how to use high tech products, in addition to having books and traditional learning styles.”
Chamberlain has some advice to those that may be on the fence about getting a library card.
“Everybody should have a library card,it’s a great tool to have in your tool box. Of all the things you need to have a happy and successful life,” Chamberlain said. “There are all kinds of neat things you can do at the library that maybe people didn’t know about.”