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Library reopens for public Monday

Monday, April 21, 2008

The children's area of the Brazil Public Library will not remain still for much longer. With the library reopening Monday, Snowball, the pet rat (in the cage) will have many visitors.
People cautiously open the new front doors of the Brazil Public Library, peek their heads in, and ask, "Are you really open?"

After two years of construction, the answer is finally "yes."

At 10 a.m., Monday, the doors were officially open to the public, but the celebration and grand reopening is scheduled for Sunday, April 27, from 2-4 p.m.

"We are ecstatic that the library is open now," Director Jill Scarbrough said.

Around 40 people visited the new building on its first day.

The new addition to the library, on the top floor, is now a circulation desk, the fiction section and a computer lab.

In the older part of the upper floor, periodicals, DVDs, genealogy materials and non-fiction books are housed.

A cozy reading area near the fireplace has also been set up.

The lower level now houses a larger children's area, offices for the Literacy Council and several different sized meeting rooms.

The literacy offices have been moved to the lower level to provide better handicap access.

Library cardholders can now get ready for the summer schedule of activities.

The summer reading club will begin June 2, and runs through July 23. Weekly programs will be held on Wednesdays, at 1:30 p.m., beginning June 4.

Summer story hour sign up will also begin June 2, for potty-trained children ages 3-5 whose parents have a valid library card.

"Getting patrons used to story hour again will be a huge feat, because we've been without it now for two years," Scarbrough said.

Programming for adults will begin again in May, with a presentation on Benin, Africa, by Amy Berry, 6:30-7:30 p.m., May 22. Some adult programming is available only by signing up, so those interested should contact the library.

With the reopening of the building, a few policy changes are being put into effect.

Any non-resident library cards that expired in the year 2007 will be renewed for one year from the grand opening date, April 27, free of charge. The cardholder will need to stop by the library, though, to have the card renewed. After April 27, 2009, all of the renewed cards can be renewed for the fee.

Also, in order to keep the DVD collection updated, renting a disc now costs 50 cents and can only be kept for three days.

By being closed for two years, the library lost thousands of dollars in revenue from late fees, non-resident cards and other programs. Scarbrough said the money would never be recouped, especially considering the governor's new budget cuts.

Although the building is open to the public, some of the construction issues have yet to be resolved. Scarbrough said the Library Board of Trustees is still in mediation with the painting company.

But, Scarbrough said, "We're moving on."

The Brazil Public Library is located at 204 N. Walnut St., and can be reached at 448-1981 or www.brazil.lib.in.us.

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