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We want your opinion on our new Digital Media Lab!
When the Niles Public Library construction project is completed, in addition to 8 study/meeting rooms, we are also planning to offer a Digital Media Lab. This space will provide visitors with computers loaded with software that will enable users to creatively express themselves. Please answer the survey questions to help us determine the technology that is most desired by our community.
Thanks to all the young artists for helping decorate our temporary wall in front of the old circle area in Youth Services! Colored pencils are available at the Youth Services desk if you’re interested in participating. The picture to the right is a sneak peak at what is going on behind the wall.
Miss our big space for play? For the next month or two, we’ll be hosting a special playtime on Fridays in the Youth Services program room. Grownups and kids are invited to our quick (15-minute) Pit Stop Storytime at 11:30am followed by free play with toys, puzzles and games til 12:30pm.
The Pew Internet and Life Project released a very interesting report on Libraries Services in the Digital Age. They found that 80% of Americans say that reference librarians and borrowing books are “very important” services that libraries provide. They also found that 77% of Americans say free access to computers and the internet are “very important.”
The survey also looks at how people use the library. They found that Americans use libraries to check out books, do research, attend programs, use the internet, study, read newspapers and magazines, use online database, and many other services.
What services do you think are important for libraries to provide and how do you use your library?
Coming soon…comfy seating area and a fireplace!
The first order of business will be to build protective walls around the work areas.
The first work areas are 1) the new Board Room (3rd floor) 2) the existing Quiet Study Room (3rd floor) and the area below in Youth Services (1st floor). There might be some dust, but no safety issues. Patrons will have access to the washrooms and our collection.
Due to construction, at this time the Quiet Study Room will be closed. Additional study areas are located on the Lower Level.
Changes are underway in our renovation project. All of the shelves in the Youth Services circle area were moved out to the Youth Services main area. Special thanks to Maintenance and Page Services who made the process look easy. There was a lot of lifting and moving of books and shelves.
Expect more updates about the renovation process soon!