Well, most of our fabulous library users are aware by now that our building presents us with some major challenges. But, you might not be aware of one of the biggest, and that is MOLD. Unfortunately, we have a lower level with ongoing water seepage and leakage issues that we are having little luck fixing, so our Board of Trustees has asked us to move our staff members out of their current work space and away from the worst of the mold. Your librarians often work in that space for 6-8 hours per day, 5 days per week and it simply isn’t healthy.
What does this mean for our users? Sadly, it means we will be encroaching on your space. As a temporary solution, we will be moving the Friends of the Library Book Sale back to our lower level (in a room that has no history of water problems) and moving some of our employee offices into that space. We will also be taking over what is currently the local history corner. Our local history researchers will find materials and microfilm located in the Bottom Shelf room. Which, yes, will mean that we now only have one large meeting room available for the public.
Now, you might be wondering about that good news…the good news is that our city leaders are now aware of the multitude of problems with our current building and are giving more careful consideration to a new library for Rice Lake. These problems include not only water issues and mold, but also safety concerns with our layout, space needs such as no quiet study rooms and the recently learned fact that our programs and services will be limited to 87 people for an indoor event, an aging elevator and roof, and no capacity for improving technology issues.
If you are a regular library user and you would like to share your opinion on the need for a new library facility, please contact your council person or make your opinion known by writing to our local paper. And thank you for continuing to support your library! Any questions about our next steps can be addressed by Dawn, your Library Director. She is available by email at email@example.com or by phone at 715-651-2684 ext. 11.