LONGBRANCH: The Long Free Public Library Branch has long been a place to visit, relax, to choose a book or movie CD, listen to or borrow some music discs. It is also used frequently to do job searching, or other computer needed activity.
In the recent years with Librarian Tonya Garcia's directions, the library has been taking steps to relate even more so to changes in the community, in education, and I the many other services that serve the community's wants and wishes.
A new teen room and youngsters room have been fashioned that draw tots and teens in special ways with things to meet their tastes. There are events of particular fun and interest, Halloween fun for one. They bring cheerful programs for school agers. Books and other media have been selected that are of definite appeal to the young.
The assembly room on the main floor has become a study room, a guest presentation room an art gallery for local artists, kids and adults. Authors have had book signings there, and the Historical Society finds it very useful for programs they run.
This past week, the main desk was moved to a more spacious location across from where it had been. The desk is visible from either entrance as a welcoming center for guests since now library staff can see everyone and greet them as they arrive. A nice change for all, the room has a more open, friendly feeling about it.
In the photo is the new main desk. Behind it are, left to right, Anna Sweeney, Molly Sullivan, Thalia Sweet, and Cadene Patterson who are awaiting your arrival as they take care of the administrative duties all libraries have.
"We decided to move the desk so that staff remain warm in the winter and so that they are centrally located on the main floor, thus ensuring they can see both exits and that patrons are welcomed by a friendly face upon entering the building" said. Ms. Garcia.
The staff had been a part of the change, she said. "I proudly commend our staff for working so hard in making this all happen."