Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Beloit staff gets set for library move

Link to March 30 Beloit Daily News article, "Preparations set for library move".

Excerpt: Saturday will mark the last day of operations at the Beloit Public Library on Pleasant Street in downtown Beloit as it prepares to make the move to its new, more spacious location in the Eclipse Center.

The library will be open from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday. After that, it will be closed for three weeks while employees move to the new location, said Adult Services Librarian Jeni Schomber.

The new 55,000-square-foot library is under construction at the old JC Penney location in the Eclipse Center, formerly the Beloit Mall. The library will occupy a 5-acre landscaped campus. Parking at the new site will triple the amount of space offered at the current site.

The new library will feature an expanded collection of books and media, a drive-up book drop open 24 hours, a children's program room and outdoor garden, a large public meeting room with seating for 180 people, a computer center with a classroom, a quiet periodical room with a fireplace, and a young adult area for teens.

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