It's time for a remodel!
To accommodate the increasing number of visitors of all ages and provide patrons with an updated look, the Mable Boswell Memorial Library branch in Bryant will be closing on June 22nd for an interior remodel. The branch is expected to be closed until mid-August to allow for new pieces of furniture, fresh paint, and new flooring to be installed.
“Our branch in Bryant is very busy and our number of visitors continues to grow each year,” said Jill Martin, Assistant Library Director. “We are replacing some of our worn-out furniture items with new stuff that will last for years to come.”
In order to make this remodel more convenient for the Bryant patrons, the Bob Herzfeld Memorial Library branch in Benton has added additional hours on Sundays from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM during the months of June and July.
The Bryant branch is offering several services to make sure its patrons can still enjoy items from the library during the summer. All items that belong to the Bryant branch will be checked out for 90 days so check out as many books as you want, and you can return them when the branch reopens in August. The DVD limit has been increased to 10 DVDs per card.
The building, parking lot, and book return box will all be closed, but your favorite librarians from the Bryant branch will be at the Benton branch this summer. If you can’t make it to our Benton branch, you can still borrow eBooks on your tablet or smartphone. The last day to pick up holds from the Bryant branch is June 15th.
Along with the new aspects that will be added to the Bryant branch, they will also be moving the teen area to the current children’s area, which will be moved closer to the adult computers. This will give teens and pre-teens a larger area to feel safe and express themselves without disturbing other patrons, as well as make it more convenient for adults to be on computers or have their own space while also keeping an eye on their children.
“It’s really going to make everything flow better for the patrons and for the individual age groups,” said Elisha Morrison, who has been a patron for seven years. “There’s going to be space for the adults, and for the teens, where they can relax and enjoy themselves. They’re (teens) going to make noise, but there’s going to be a little separation to allow the adults to do what they want without being bothered by what the teens are doing.”
Although the Bryant branch will be closed all summer, the Benton branch is still hosting all of the regular Summer Reading programs. You can find a schedule of all upcoming events on their Facebook page or website.