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Renovations and changes for Brooks Library

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The Brooks Library has undergone some much-needed renovations, especially in the children’s area and has a new logo. The Brooks Library has undergone some much-needed renovations, especially in the children’s area and has a new logo. Image contributed

Regular users of the Brooks Public Library likely noticed some changes to the inside of the facility earlier this month.

The library was closed for two weeks, re-opening just after Thanksgiving, after completing a much-needed renovation.
The biggest changes are in the children’s area and in the organization of the non-fiction books. Those books are now organized according to subject rather than by using the dewy decimal system.
“It’s a huge change,” says Sarah McCormack, head librarian. “We’re the first library in Alberta to do it.”
The non-fiction books are now sorted based upon subject, using more general terms most people understand.
Library users will likely find browsing the non-fiction section in the Brooks library will be similar to that of browsing in their favourite bookstores.
Library officials have found the books can be better organized using the new system and subject clusters can be created. For example, topics of interest to teens can be grouped together closer to the teen section, while a parenting/home décor/cooking section may interest homemakers. Sports/recreation and graphic novels likely will interest male readers and are grouped together for convenience.
The children’s area has also undergone a facelift. The castle structure has been repainted to look like stone thanks to the talent of a library staff member and there are new window seats and more open space to enjoy. The shelving in the children’s area has been lowered to cater to children’s height.
The City of Brooks paid for new carpet and a new logo has been unveiled.
People standing straight in a row resembles a library barcode and the colours have significance. The green represents the fact the library sits next to Evergreen Park, the blue represents the expanse of blue skies in Alberta and the multi-colours represent the multicultural nature of the community.
A grant has been applied for to help pay for the costs of the updates, but McCormack hasn’t yet heard if it has been approved. If not, the Friends of the Library have said they will help with the costs already incurred.
McCormack says if the grant is approved it includes funding for some murals for inside the library. Next year, officials will turn their energy to the outside of the library to beautify the garden areas and work on the teen area.
“It seems to be overwhelmingly positive,” says McCormack about the changes so far. “Our goal is to create a welcoming environment for everybody. We’ve always had a great collection, but we haven’t always been a place to stay.”
McCormack encourages residents to give their feedback to the library about what they like or don’t like.
Office doors are always — proverbially — open, she adds.

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