We stopped by the Salem Church Library this afternoon to check out the grand re-opening of the new expanded facility. The expansion is quite nice—as a librarian friend of mine noted, there’s a Borders feel to the place now. All that’s missing is a coffee bar. Today the place was hopping. They have greatly increased the number of public access computers to 50, and it seemed like every one was in use today. There is a spacious kids’ area, and even a play area for the littlest kids. The adult non-fiction was set up like a bookstore, with easy-to-see subject signs. Plus quite a few small study rooms, a spacious reading room, and my favorite new feature, self checkout stations. It's laptop friendly, and there's even a drive-through book drop. I’m a regular library user, so I’m glad to see my tax dollars at work in a way I can enjoy.
Here's the main room, with the large central bank of computers.
Kind of a bookstore feel, no?
Guess what room this is: