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Have you heard? The Sandy Library is moving

Beth Scarth is director of the Sandy and Hoodland public libraries.

Thanks to the creation of the Clackamas County Library District in July 2009, and thanks to the fact that the Sandy police are moving out of their portion of the building we share, and thanks to the Friends of Sandy Library and four private foundations for giving us grants totaling more than $500,000, we have the ability and the funds to expand and remodel our building.

We've been planning and working with an architect for more than a year. Our plans include creating a program/community room in the former police portion. This room will be used for library programs and for community meetings and classes. It will be well equipped with technology tools for presentations.

The exterior will get a much-needed update to Sandy Style. The main entrance will move to the northwest corner of the building, closer to the parking lot and crosswalk. The floor plan will be spacious and welcoming, with an attractive lounge area for reading.

As always, we will be 'tech-savvy' with high-speed Internet computer stations and free Wi-Fi for laptop users.

Our children's area will be nestled among giant tree-sculptures for an attractive and fun area for kids. And our mechanical and electrical systems will be updated so that this 70-plus-year-old building will realize many energy efficiencies.

But, before we can enjoy this beautiful, newly renovated library, we will move out so we can better serve you without the disruption of the noise and dust that inevitably accompanies construction work.

Beginning on or around April 18, the library will operate out of the First American Title building at 38740 Proctor Blvd. We will offer all the same services we offer now, and retain current service hours. We will have a room dedicated to public computer stations, two rooms dedicated to children's materials, as well as rooms for adult fiction and nonfiction, and a lounge with magazines and newspapers. We will have Wi-Fi for the public and, of course, a pickup area for books that had been placed on hold.

Not all of our material will be available in the much smaller temporary site, but we retain the excellent Library Information Network of Clackamas County (LINCC) loan system, so that even if the item you want is not on our shelf, it can be ordered and obtained for you from another library. For those of you familiar with the interlibrary loan process, one big change will take place. We will have your materials displayed on an open shelf so that you will be able to pick up your items and bring them to the check out desk.

The library will be closed for about a week, April 11-17. During that week we'll move every book, magazine, computer, piece of furniture, etc. etc. etc. Our plan is to be ready to serve you in our temporary site at noon Monday, April 18. Though I'm pretty sure we can keep to that timeline, watch for updates on posted signs, the library webpage (cityofsandy.com/library) and the city's Facebook page.

See you at the library.