Upgrades coming to Lester Public Library
Three years of planning and two years of fundraising come to fruition next month.
Individuals, organizations and businesses contributed more than $245,000 to the library’s Magic Carpet Fund. The project: 25,000 square feet of new carpet with high-tech thread running underneath to connect and power devices. Another facet of the project includes the purchase of mobile shelving that allows reading spaces to be easily transformed into more spacious gathering spots and program venues.
“As the library building remains closed during the pandemic, we are preparing for this immense and exciting project,” said library director Jeff Dawson. “The improvements will ensure that we move into the decade ahead offering services vital to maintaining—and growing—a robust and vibrant community.”
The work begins Dec. 1.
Curbside delivery and phone-in reference services will continue throughout the project.
Dawson encourages community members to take full advantage of what the library offers:
- Readers advisory services provided by book experts who guarantee to match you up with books you’ll love.
- Collections of books for the whole family (just provide ages and interests).
- Help with finding material for reluctant youth and teen readers.
- Take-home packs for kids created by early literacy specialists.
- Copying, faxing and scanning to email.
- More than books; movies, magazines and music!
- Online services you can access with your library card, like digital books, audiobooks and magazines, and research resources like Ancestry.com, Auto Repair Source, Learning Express (for exam preparation), and Transparent Language Online (choose from more than 100 languages to learn!).