Friday, July 7, 2017

Preparing to Carpet the Branch

Trenching in the floor of Quince Orchard Library for the new service desks.
Trenching for new service desks
Customers will experience new and improved signage when the branch reopens in the fall. The old neon signs over the information and circulation desks have been removed and the outlets capped.

The branch will have new carpeting throughout. As part of this process, all of the floors have been stripped of the old carpeting. The public areas requiring trenching have been wired and are ready for concrete to be poured. Once the concrete is poured and dry, recarpeting of the branch can begin to take place.

The public restrooms will be completely redone and will be ADA compliant. At this point, the men’s and women’s restrooms have been completely gutted and outfitted with new wallboard and pipes for connecting the new fixtures. Plumbing has been relocated consistent with the locations of the new fixtures that will be installed. 

We will have new height-adjustable circulation and information desks (the information desk has been moved beside the circulation desk to allow the provision of more efficient service for customers). 
Orange accent, window alcove area
Orange accented teen alcove

The entire branch will receive a new coat of paint. Painting of the main library has begun, with blue, red, orange and yellow accented areas added to the Discovery Room, the window/alcove areas, and in the quiet study room.

Several lounge areas will be established.  Electrical outlets will be added to areas where people sit. This includes the curved windows at the front of the branch where lounge chairs will now be placed and in a new lounge area created in the area formerly occupied by our old information desk.

Customers will enjoy the convenience of motorized blinds at the front picture windows and in our meeting room. Motorized blinds will replace the current manually operated blinds on the front windows. These will be adjusted by staff remotely.  Similar motorized blinds (with translucent and black-out shades) will be added to the meeting room, along with a motorized room divider operated by switches on both sides of the divided room.

For those needing a quiet place to study, our library quiet room will be completely redesigned. It has been emptied of all of the old carrels, which will be replaced by study tables and comfortable chairs.

For those with accessibility challenges, the branch has added a new Assistive Technology Workstation. The branch ATW station, along with the catalog-only PCs, will be located closer to the new information desk to permit more effective customer assistance by staff.