Week three of our closure is coming to an end, and it's been an incredibly busy week here at the library. The biggest news, of course, has been the delivery and installation of the new shelving. We love the new shelves, and we think you'll like them, too!
Library staff and the crew from Northern Business Products have been working hard at the all week installing the new shelves. As soon as the shelves started going up, the librarians teamed up and started moving books onto the new shelves!
Other exciting sights at the library include the construction of two new rooms! In the photo below on the left you'll see the beginnings of Circulation Manager Kyle's new office. On the left, our new "hands-on" meeting room--a gathering space that will be perfect for crafters, quilters, and other "makers" to meet and work on their creative projects. These rooms are located along the wall where the old Circulation Desk used to be. When the renovation is completed, the public computers will be set up in this area.
Last, but CERTAINLY not least, the outside canopy came down today! When the renovation is finished, the library will have a new entrance. Today the crew took the first step in this part of the project by demolishing the canopy over the library's current entrance. The new entrance should be finished sometime this summer. To see a video of the canopy's demolition, visit our Facebook page.
Coming up next week--the final week of our closure--is putting the Fiction collection on the new shelves, finishing up carpet installation, and preparing to reopen on May 29! We can't wait to share the upgrades with our patrons.
As the second week of our month-long closure comes to an end, it's time for a sneak peek at what's been going on at the library. Progress is happening throughout the building!
Check out the new book bins and reading nooks in the Children's Room! Kids of all ages will love hanging out in this space.
This area was the former home of the Circulation Desk and our Circulation Manager's office. After the renovation, this space will have new life as a "creative" meeting room, computer lab, and new office for the Circulation Manager. You can see the beginnings of the meeting room on the left side of the photo above. At the other end of the space, a new office for Kyle, our Circulation Manager, is being constructed. Our public internet computers will be set up between the meeting room and the office.
Also in progress--installing a TON of carpet. Once the carpet is installed, our new shelves will be delivered and set up. As soon as the shelves are ready, library staff will begin returning materials to the shelves!
So while we are making lots of progress, there is still a long way to go. Thank you for your patience during the closure. And remember, pickup of holds is available Mondays and Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. The library will re-open to the public on Tuesday, May 29. Stay tuned for more updates!
We're having some trouble with our regular website. Until we fix our site, we'll post updates on this page, Facebook, and Twitter. Here are a couple often-used links:
MERLIN - search library catalog: http://merlin.nwls.lib.wi.us/
Overdrive e-books, audiobooks: https://wplc.overdrive.com/wplc-northernwaters/content
Badgerlink: - search magazines and databases: https://stwi-agent.auto-graphics.com/MVC/
The library is closed for construction April 30-May 28. We are open Mondays and Thursdays 4:00-6:00 in the lobby to pick up requested materials. Please see below for more information.
You've probably already heard about our upcoming closure. We're done our best to spread the word, and it's almost time to lock our doors, roll up our sleeves, and begin working on the most extensive phases of our renovation. This includes removing lots of carpet, asbestos abatement, carpet installation, demolition of the current Circulation Desk, installation of new shelves, relocating to the new Circulation Desk, moving lots and lots (and lots!) of library materials, and more. Our last day open to the public will be tomorrow, April 28. We'll be closed until May 29.
The most important thing you need to know is that you do not need to worry about due dates during the closure. Nothing will be due back to our library while we are closed. Yes, that includes items with a one-week circulation period like DVDs and magazines. It also includes items that you've requested from other libraries and checked out in Superior.
If you need to return items while we are closed, the outdoor book return will be available. However, if possible, we ask that patrons hold on to their materials until after we reopen. Why are we asking you to do that? While we are closed, library staff will be moving the entire collection (books, DVDs, audiobooks, CDs, magazines, EVERYTHING) to their new homes on the brand-new shelving, so the fewer items we have being returned, the easier it will be for us to complete this part of the project. So--if at all possible, find a special spot for your library materials and keep them safe until we reopen. But if that's not possible, feel free to put them in the outdoor book return.
The other important thing to know is that we will be offering pickup of holds during the closure. Twice a week, Mondays and Thursdays, library staff will be available in the lobby between 4 and 6 p.m. so patrons can pick up the items they've placed on hold. We will continue to receive deliveries from other libraries and you will continue to get notifications when they are ready to pick up. If you're unable to come to the library during these special pickup hours, don't worry--these items will be available for you to pick up once we reopen.
What about the new entrance? Well, that's still coming. Exterior work will begin after we reopen (weather-permitting) and is anticipated to be finished by the end of July. But when we reopen on May 29, the interior work should be just about completed.
Phone service will be limited during the closure, so if you have questions or concerns, the best way to contact us is via email. Please use the following email addresses and direct your concern to the appropriate department:
So as we approach the final phases of the renovation, we just want to thank you once again for your patience during this project. Your continued support have meant the world to us, and we can't wait for you to see the results.
Exciting development yesterday--the Gawboy murals are going back up!
These beloved murals, painted by artist Carl Gawboy, depict the history of Superior and have been prominently displayed throughout the library for many years. They had to come down during the remodeling project, but now that we are entering the final phases, they are going back up, one-by-one.
The Friends of the Library have notecards, prints, and bookmarks featuring the murals for sale at the Circulation Desk. These treasured paintings are a part of Superior's history and we are proud to display them at the library.
Once the renovation is completed, plans are in the works for a new, self-guided audio tour of the murals. Stay tuned for details!
Here's a remodeling update! Progress is happening!
Here's a look at the new Storytime space in the Children's Room! While we will miss the Storyboat, it just wasn't big enough to accommodate all of our Storytime guests. The new Storytime space has plenty of room for our young patrons and their families. We love the new paint, carpet, and pendant lights! Updated furniture coming soon!
After years of being tucked away in the corner of the Children's Room, the Children's Room desk has been relocated to the area between the Children's Room and the expanded Teen Focus area. The Children's librarians will have more space at the new desk, and the centralized location makes them more accessible. Nobody puts librarians in the corner!
History buffs will love our new space dedicated to local history research! It's empty now, but in a few short weeks this area will house our microfilm machines, offering easy access to periodical archives like the Evening Telegram. Genealogists will find quiet space for researching their family history with convenient access to local history collections like yearbooks and other items of regional interest.
In addition to the four and two-person study rooms, we're also adding a meeting room at the back of the library where the Art Gallery used to be. This meeting room can accommodate groups of up to 12 people. One unique feature of this meeting room is the whiteboard wall, which can be written on with dry-erase markers. How cool is that?
Coming up next week--additional carpet installation and possible re-installation of the Gawboy murals! We'll also have more details of our upcoming library closure during the month of May.
Greetings from the construction zone! If you've been to the library recently, you've undoubtedly noticed that progress is being made on several areas around the library. In spite of the chaos, noise, and construction dust, we're doing our best to maintain our services and meet the needs of our patrons.
Here are a few photos from the construction zone:
Our new Circulation Desk!
Workers on stilts!
Check out our new meeting rooms--perfect for individuals or small study groups!
The library's two public meeting spaces aren't really enough to keep up with demand, so we're adding an additional meeting room in the area formerly known as the Art Gallery. This room will be available to the public by reservation once the project is completed. The Friends of the Library's room is also being worked on and will have a new entrance.
Here's a look at the progress on this area:
This is just the tip of the iceberg! More updates from the construction zone will follow shortly, including a glimpse at the progress on the new, expanded Children's Room and the new local history room!
THANK YOU to all of our patrons for your ongoing patience. We realize that the library is a noisy, dusty, chaotic place these days--but in a few short months, we'll be able to show off our improved space. Please let us know how we can help!
We've been waiting for the day when the columns would come down, and today was the day! Library staff was happy to get in on the demolition!
First up was Technical Services Manager (and former Children's Librarian) Linda Olson!
Next it was Jen Tanko's turn! Jen's a member of our staff who works in the Children's Room most of the time. She was very excited to help out.
And last (but certainly not least!) it was librarian Susan Mattson's turn to push over a column.
Just a reminder, we're closing early tonight at 5:30 p.m. and will be closed tomorrow so the crew can remove the carpet and do asbestos abatement in the Children's Room. We will re-open Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
1. First and foremost, there will be a temporary closure for carpet removal and asbestos abatement at the end of the week. Here is the library's schedule this week:
2. Work on the Children's Room begins this week, so we've temporarily relocated Children's materials, furniture, (and the Children's Librarian) to a location just outside of the Children's Room.
Children's Room activities like the Craft of the Month and the Winter Reading Program are still available, so ask a librarian for the craft or a Winter Reading Program bingo card.
3. The Children's Room computers have been temporarily relocated. We've changed the log-in credentials on four of the Adult computers to allow access only for patrons age 17 and younger. You'll find them clearly marked on the same side as the public printer. The computer on very end to the left is a catalog computer and can be used by patrons of all ages. Adult library cards will not work on the Children's computers. If you are 18+, you'll need to use the computers on the other side. Ask a librarian if you need help logging in.
4. Tuesday Storytime will be held at the Billings Park Civic Center this week. Join us Tuesday at 10:30 for stories, crafts, and fun! Billings Park Civic Center is located at 3903 N 18th Street.
Next week's Tuesday Storytime on February 20 will return to the library and will be held in the Library Chandelier Area. Since we don't want boots and shoes on the brand-new carpet, this storytime will be a Cute Sock Storytime--kids are encouraged to wear their cutest and most creative socks to this special storytime. Prizes will be awarded!
After February 20, Tuesday Storytime will be back at the Billings Park Civic Center until further notice.
5. Monday night Lego Club is still on at the library! Join us Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. and build something AWESOME will the library's huge collection of Legos!
6. The last thing (and we know you're sick of hearing it!), is that we want to thank you for your continued patience while we undergo this much-needed remodel. You've been fantastic supporters in the midst of chaos, and we appreciate it very much! As always, if you're looking for something and can't find it, please ask a librarian and we will be happy to help you.
Things are moving right along at the library! Here are a few pics of the future Teen Focus area from the past couple of days.
Up next: the Children's Room! Don't be alarmed by the empty shelves! These items are just being temporarily relocated before work begins in the Children's Room.
We are gradually relocating the Children's materials to the shelves near the computers. If you're looking for the Children's collection, look for the toys on top of the stacks--that's where you'll find them.
And, as always, if you have trouble finding what you're looking for, ask a librarian for help and we will be happy to assist you.
Superior Public Library has proudly served the residents of Douglas County, Wisconsin since 1888. After 25 years in our current location with no major upgrades, it's time for some improvements! Follow along with our six-month remodeling project, scheduled to be completed in May 2018.