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Hinsdale Public Library Renovation Project Part 2

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Hinsdale Public Library Renovation Project Part 2

Hinsdale Public Library Renovation Project Part 2


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  • I really enjoyed seeing your before and after shots. Your new building is beautiful!
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  • 1. Self-checkout stations and internal book returns were added to enhance convenience for patrons.
  • 2. Once the new entrance opened, demolition began on the old entrance hallway.
  • 3. Workers opened some bricked-in windows to allow more natural light into the remodeled staff offices.
  • 4. After demolition was complete, framing, electrical and plumbing work commenced for the new public restrooms, teen area and staff offices.
  • 5. View from Lobby During Construction View from Library Offices During Construction The former entrance door from the Memorial Hall lobby remains, but it’s walled-in and no longer functional.
  • 6. Phase III Also brought some needed attention to the first floor’s Large Meeting Room.
  • 7. On December 17 th and 18 th Furniture movers delivered and assembled dozens of new desks, chairs and tables throughout the library.
  • 8. Furniture in various stages of assembly
  • 9. This space at the north end of the first floor is now filled with fiction books. The new library entrance can be found in the upper left-center of the photo.
  • 10. Phase IV
  • 11. New shelving units and their decorative end panels are installed throughout the lower level and first floor.
  • 12. The new Teen Lounge is a focal point of the first floor.
  • 13. Jeff Lewandowski, resident computer guru, installs upgraded computers into the newly decorated and furnished Teen Lounge.
  • 14. To the east of the new Teen Lounge are the work area and offices for reference and circulation staff.
  • 15. New window shades on the lower level and first floor will reduce glare, decrease energy consumption, and prevent light damage to library materials .
  • 16. On the second floor, a cozy reading area is created between two rows of shelves.
  • 17. Before and After A Few of the Changes the Renovation Project Brought to the Library
  • 18. Lower Level: Youth Services Desk
  • 19. Lower Level: Youth Services Department
  • 20. Lower Level: Large Meeting Room
  • 21. Lower Level and First Floor: Computer Furniture
  • 22. First Floor: Circulation Desk
  • 23. First Floor: Reference Desk
  • 24. First Floor: View of Balcony
  • 25. First Floor: Teen Lounge
  • 26. Second Floor: View from Balcony
  • 27. Grand Reopening Celebration
  • 28. On April 13, 2008, the Hinsdale Public Library celebrated the completion of its renovation project.
  • 29. Lynn Elam, Anita Scholtens and Michaela Haberkern greet guests at the door.
  • 30. As guests arrived, they received Passports to Reading . By getting stamps at six stations throughout the library, they would become eligible for a prize drawing later in the day.
  • 31. Lance Anderson stamps a passport at the Reference and Adult Services Desk.
  • 32. The Friends of the Hinsdale Public Library held a popular mini book sale at the celebration.
  • 33. Young Adult Librarian Becca Boland checks passports in the updated Teen Lounge.
  • 34. Circulation staff veterans Chris Wilcox and Linda Burke were on hand to demonstrate the new self-checkout stations to library guests.
  • 35. Jan Perry of Technical Services offers to give a tour of staff areas on the lower level.
  • 36. St. Isaac Jogues student Gabriela Lastres and Boy Scout Brandon Weller sort through donated items received via a book drive for an elementary school in Chicago.
  • 37. Activities in the Youth Services Department on the lower level drew large crowds all afternoon.
  • 38. … and the tasty refreshments didn’t hurt
  • 39. Also on the lower level, aquarium and fish expert Diane Bennett (at right) answers kids’ questions.
  • 40. The Renovation Slide Show plays on a loop in the Large Meeting Room
  • 41. Later in the afternoon, a couple of celebrities arrived. Curious George and Clifford kindly volunteered to help at the Circulation and Youth Services Desks.
  • 42. During a break, they relaxed in the Teen Lounge.
  • 43. Lisa Goetzelman (Assistant Head of Circulation), Robert Shutack (Vice President of Library Board of Trustees) and Susan Nedza Lastres (President of Library Board of Trustees) welcome visitors to the library.
  • 44. Both face and body painting were must-do activities for the kids.
  • 45. For some young residents, the Art Gallery space on the second floor was the last stop on their passport tour.
  • 46. The trustees and staff of the Hinsdale Public Library thank you for your support and patronage during this exciting and challenging renovation project.
  • 47. The End
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