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Hinsdale Public Library Renovation Project Part 1

Hinsdale Public Library Renovation Project Part 1



Hinsdale Public Library Renovation Project Part 1

Hinsdale Public Library Renovation Project Part 1



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    Hinsdale Public Library Renovation Project Part 1 Hinsdale Public Library Renovation Project Part 1 Presentation Transcript

    • Renovation Project: 2007–2008
    • The Referendum On March 21, 2006, Hinsdale Residents overwhelmingly approved a rate increase to renovate the library building and to fund capital repairs and replacement.
    • Before the Renovation Project…
    • Before the renovation, shades of blue, teal and maroon dominated.
    • Hard surfaces and an open central staircase created a noisy environment.
    • The lower level featured large planters with tropical foliage.
    • The pre-renovation Youth Services Department
    • The Large Meeting Room before the renovation
    • Phase I
    • Moving all of the books from the east to the west side of the second floor was the first order of business.
    • The Reference Desk showed a lot of wear by the end of its service.
    • A demolition crew came in and dismantled it one snowy morning.
    • Meanwhile, demolition prepared the way for new administrative offices on the west side of the second floor.
    • The new administrative offices framed and covered with plywood
    • Inside the administrative offices, drywall workers prepared the walls for painting.
    • As work begins on the staircase, cement is transported into the library… one wheelbarrow at a time.
    • Then it was sent down a trough to the lower level, where it was used to create new sections of foundation.
    • A crane lifts steel beams onto the roof of the library.
    • The beams will support new floor space created by filling in portions of the open central staircase.
    • Old metal in the central staircase is cut away by steelworkers to make way for the new beams.
    • The beams are winched into position until they can be permanently attached.
    • The corrugated metal floor pan resting on top of the steel beams will be filled with concrete to create new floor space.
    • Phase II
    • Renovation of restrooms on the lower level
    • Colorful new tile adds visual interest to the remodeled restrooms.
    • New carpeting in the youth services area on the first floor
    • One of the exciting new features of the renovation project is the Reading Cabin.
    • Designed in a rustic style, it offers a safe and inviting place for young kids to play and read.
    • A new book display area is adjacent to the Reading Cabin.
    • There’s a new Storytime Room too!
    • A new aquarium at the base of the stairs on the first floor entertains kids and adults alike.
    • Meanwhile, on the first floor… The space formerly housing adult fiction books highlights new arrivals and audiovisual materials.
    • More energy efficient lighting is installed throughout the building.
    • The new quiet room, at the west end of the library’s main level, faces Washington Street.
    • Phase II also brought a major change to the exterior of the library: a dedicated exterior entrance.
    • Inside the new entrance doors, updated lighting and tile combine to create a sophisticated first impression.
    • Phase III
    • Phase III began with a celebration of the new entrance. Executive Director Lynn Elam greeted the first patrons to enter the doors.