Changes continue at Putnam County Public Library

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Putnam County Public Library has been rearranging itself to make way for a new lounge, young adult area and enhanced technology area.

The entire fiction section will also be on the move as the library plans to integrate it with the other collections between March 11 and 13.

"We're all very excited to present a new fiction arrangement and to test whether such a change can reinvigorate some areas of our fiction collection," PCPL Director Grier Carson said.

The Kiwanis conference room on the basement floor has already received many upgrades in the form of new furniture, industrial-grade carpet and a new paint job. A new projection and audio system will be installed before the Kiwanis Celebration Day in May.

The new digital signage initiative is moving along with the a new 70-inch display monitor that will post events, news updates, hours and other information for patrons' convenience. The monitor will be mounted in the circulation library, where the bulletin board now stands. Patrons will still, however, be able to post print notices on the billboard.

In other business:

-- Director Carson reported that the regular resident and non-resident borrowers decreased from this same time last month and total circulation also fell 10 percent. Director of the Children's Department Krista Mullinnex is expected to give a presentation on the drop in juvenile book circulation at the next board meeting.

-- The library will be hosting an Irish First Friday event March 4 from 6-9 p.m. Irish hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar with beer and wine will be provided, along with Irish music and dancing. The event is co-sponsored by the Greencastle Arts Council and the Performing Arts Series.

-- The library is also currently seeking a marketing director "to maintain a powerful PR message for PCPL."

The next board meeting will be March 16 at 6 p.m in the Kiwanis conference room.

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