LITTLE ROCK, AR (News release) - Terry Library has a new look for 2014. The Central Arkansas Library System's (CALS) Adolphine Fletcher Terry Library, 2015 Napa Valley, will reopen on Monday, Jan. 6, after a makeover. New carpet and expanded lighting has been installed, the meeting room was updated, and a significant remodel created a larger audio-visual section and a new young adult area.
An Open House will be held on Thursday, Jan. 9 from 3-6 p.m. Patrons visiting the library beginning on Monday, Jan. 6, can register for a gift certificate to River Market Books & Gifts and a gift card to Wal-Mart, which will be given away at the Open House.
Rearrangement of existing shelves and additional furniture resulted in more comfortable reading areas and tables for working and studying, as well as a lighter and more spacious feeling to the existing building. The new children's area features colorful new paint, carpet, and tile as well as furniture. A new Young Adult (YA) space provides for the increased number of books and DVDs geared to YA readers. An expanded audio visual area allows for more comfortable browsing of DVDs and books on CD.
Adam Clemons, Terry Library branch manager, said, "We have missed seeing our patrons, and the staff is looking forward to seeing their reactions to the wonderful new space. They loved the building as it was, but they will enjoy their library visits even more with more light and comfortable reading areas."
In early 2013, CALS completed a satisfaction survey to determine the way library services were accessed and used by library patrons, and why non-users did not take advantage of library services. Modern libraries are community centers that provide a broad range of services beyond lending books. Input from the survey was used to design the remodel of the Terry Library. Items that are used most heavily are more prominently featured and sightlines within the main reading area have been opened up, allowing better access to the services used by patrons.
Funds from a 2012 capital improvement bond refinance were used to cover the $325,000 cost of the remodel and update.
The Terry Library was opened in 1990 to serve the west Little Rock community and was expanded to 19,030 square feet in 2001. The library was named for Adolphine Fletcher Terry, a Little Rock native, who was a library advocate and served as a trustee of the Little Rock Public Library for more than 40 years. She was a proponent of advancing Arkansas's school system, forming the first school improvement association in the state. She was also the sister of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet John Gould Fletcher.
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