Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ebooks, Netflix, and Library Building Projects (Part 52, Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library)

Expanded Washington Twp. library opens its doors. (Philadelphia Inquirer, 6/1/2011)

Excerpt:   For Thomas Treusch, the relocated Washington Township library could not open soon enough.

"I've been unemployed for several months, and I was always using the computers and the other resources to look for work," said Treusch, 54, who lives in the township.

So when the expanded Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library in Gloucester County opened its doors Wednesday, after several weeks to complete the move, he was first in line.

Fortunately for Treusch, the new library, on Delsea Drive, has 16 computers in a quiet area off the main room, twice as many as its predecessor about a block away on East Holly Avenue. Teenagers have their own computer lab with five stations, and younger children have six computers for their use.

The facility is much larger, too - nearly double the 10,000-square-foot former location. The old place was so tight that, in 2008, a member of the library's friends group reported that books

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