Visioning a Library

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2003

If you could build a library just like you wanted it to be, How would it look? On Tuesday, February 4, after the Library Commission meeting at the Kenai City Hall,(approximately 6:30 p.m.) you'll have the chance to brain storm your ideas. Library director Ewa Jankowska says she hopes to hear lots of 'out of the box' ideas along with the traditional and usual.

The Kenai Community Library obviously needs more space, but what kind? The conference room has become the despository for everything with no place else to go besides hosting all groups which meet in the library, the office area is overflowing with material that should be in a workroom and the children's area is creeping into the Reference section as both expand to meet the needs of the community. The Genealogy collection is jammed onto one wall of the conference room and the reading area is shrinking daily as non-fiction seeps into that space.

So what would YOU ask for: A privacy area for the public computers? Larger childrens' area where the Story Lady can read without disturbing other patrons? Maybe a coffee shop accessible from the library proper or more storage space for archived material? The staff would vote for more office area, and teens would ask for a listening area, or maybe a room to view videos and dvds. Whatever your dream, or maybe something you've seen at another library you think the Kenai Community Library could utilize, the commission wants to hear.

Come to the VISIONING on Tuesday, February 4, after the Commission meeting which convenes at 6 p.m. in the Kenai City Hall. Call the Library at 283-4378 for more information.

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