City news With final touches in place, grand opening planned for Saturday
What has been a construction zone for months has finally been transformed into a bright, bustling area full of children, reading and laughter. With the final shipment of furniture the new childrens library at the Newberg Public Library is ready for its debut.
Were just thrilled, said Library Director Leah Griffith. Weve been joking that this week were putting on our lipstick and earrings, were putting on our bling, were finally putting on our party clothes for the big day.
The big day has been slated for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and although getting everything completed on time has been a struggle, Griffith said they couldnt be happier with the result.
Its been fun watching kids eyes light up (when they see the new space), she said.
The expansion and remodel included adding 1,600 square feet to the childrens space, tables, chairs and lots of color.
We didnt want this to look like the rest of the library, we didnt want it to look like an adult area, she said. For years people would come in and ask, where are adult books? because it didnt look like a kids area. We know people wont have that mix-up now.
Aside from the space truly being a childrens library, the expansion included adding a family bathroom and planning for future expansion with additional shelves.
We did buy some additional shelving to expand but the shelves have dividers instead of bookends, so we have a lot more space to grow just within the collection itself, Griffith said. Before these shelves were so full in the old area we could hardly get a book out. Its just wonderful to have the ability to browse a little bit, were happy with that.
With the final books being shelved, the big day is quickly arriving. Griffith said itll be a big party.
Well have kind of a ribbon cutting or balloon cutting, were still putting that together, but itll basically be a big open house, she said. One of the things that will be great fun is well have a photo booth.
The booth will include various props so children can dress up like their favorite characters, or anything they like.
The wondrousness of it is it will print out a nice strip of pictures that will be the perfect bookmark you and your family can enjoy. Itll have the library logo on it so it will be a wonderful souvenir of the event, Griffith said. I think thats going to be so much fun and I think people will enjoy that tremendously.
She added that with the childrens library completed, new projects come to mind.
Were kind of in that mode where were making improvements; eventually well improve the circulation area, she said. But the staff asked (if we can) have a little time before construction, and I said, `Oh yeah were not going to disrupt the entire check-out area of the library for a while, it will be a huge thing when we do it.
For now, she said shes content with the tremendous finish of the space and looks forward to taking a break after the party.