Library children’s area redone

Facelift provides friendlier atmosphere for families

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The Englewood Public Library’s children’s area has undergone a major facelift. A grand reopening is planned March 8 celebration the refurbishing of the area that now has the a smaller front desk and areas designed for parents and their children to read together.
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Festivities include a magician and face painters as the Englewood Public Library celebrates the reopening of the refurbished children’s area from 1 to 4 p.m. March 8.

“The children’s area has undergone a major facelift so it will be more user friendly for families,” said Dorothy Hargrove, library director. “Part of the refurbishing of the area included rearranging the shelves so it is easier to find the books. We also have added seating so parents and children can sit and read together.”

Work on the major refurbishing of the children’s area began in January and was made possible by money from the bequest from the Dwyer family.

The library was opened on the first floor of the Englewood Civic Center in 2001. Some minor repairs and improvements have been made since the library opened but the basic library layout is unchanged since the doors opened.

The $30,000 spent on the project meant crews could repaint and install new carpet in the children’s area. Also, much of the furniture was upgraded or replaced.

Work in the children’s area leaves a balance in the bequest and Hargrove said plans are to use the remaining $70,000 on several projects including installing a self-checkout machine in the circulation area, to update the computer lab in the career help area and create an area for customers who bring in laptops or tablets to the library to use the wireless connection to the internet.

The director said the services Englewood provides, like libraries around the world, has been steadily changing.

“Today, about 10 percent of our circulation is for electronic or digital magazines, audio recordings or ebooks,” Hargrove said. “We have also seen a big increase in the number of people coming to the library to use computers.”

There are 24 computer positions in the Englewood library. To make the computers available to more customers, a user is limited to a 45-minute session. But, if there is no one waiting for a vacancy, the user is allowed to continue to use the computer.

“All 24 computer positions are full most of the time,” Hargrove said. “Often, we have that many names on the list waiting to use a computer.”

The Englewood Public Library is located on the ground floor of the Englewood Civic Center at 1000 Englewood Parkway. The library is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

For information about the library and its services call 303-762-2550 or visit the library home page by going to the city website at www.englewoodgov.com, clicking on the department pull-down menu and clicking on the library tab.