For the first time since moving into the current library building in 1994, the books have been packed up (or covered in plastic) while we await construction to begin in early June. The six air conditioners on the roof will be replaced and new steel beams will be added as reinforcement. In anticipation of the dust and welding sparks, the librarians packed books, covered shelves with plastic, had students help move furniture, and moved over 6000 books into a storage room. All computers have been disconnected and stored away. In fact, it's looking like a ghost town in here.
It's been humorous to see patrons' reactions to the packing. Some have asked, "Do you do this every summer?"
Others have asked, "Why would you do this?" or "Have e-books replaced the books?"
One thing is for sure, the librarian and her hard-working assistant will be taking a long break to rest up for the unpacking in August. That should be fun.
Happy summer! Congrats to our seniors!