Kerry Phillips, Yusuf Brown and Natalie Draper.
by Charles McGuigan
After seven long months, the Ginter Park Public Library is scheduled to reopen in mid-March. The library, which has been an integral part of the Northside community for decades, has been completely renovated at a cost of about $1 million dollars. And the results are amazing. “They basically overhauled the whole building,” says Kerry Phillips, branch manager. “We’ve got a new generator, new lighting, new electrical work and some new windows, and the bathrooms are much larger.” And although the building’s footprint is the same, there is considerably more space. “They turned the carport (which adjoins the building) into nice meeting room,” Kerry says. “It’s going to be the largest meeting room in the system, outside of the Main Library.” “The completely reconfigured the restrooms over to one side, put in a janitor’s closet, a data room, a children’s
office and a storage area,” adds Natalie Draper, circulation supervisor. “And all the furniture is new and all the carpet is new.” Blinds and a film were applied to some of the south-facing windows. “The sun bleached the book spines and we were blinded by the light in the afternoon,” says Natalie. “We have much better data access and outlets,” says Yusuf Brown, library assistant. “We have more computers for adults and children.” In the new meeting room there will be a Monday night fitness program and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program that uses Legos, among many other programs, including the ever-popular Story Time that will begin this April, every Tuesday and Thursday. “I’m ready to get back seeing our patrons for one thing,” says Kerry Phillips. “I miss the variety of people we have here.” Kerry