Ris­ing Sun Li­brary to re­open Satur­day

Build­ing un­der­went 5-month ren­o­va­tion

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ ce­cil­whig. com

— Af­ter five months of ren­o­va­tions, the Ris­ing Sun Branch Li­brary will qui­etly re­open Satur­day morn­ing.

Fra­zier Walker, com­mu­nity re­la­tions spe­cial­ist for Ce­cil County Pub­lic Li­brary, said a cel­e­bra­tion is be­ing planned for some­time this sum­mer.

A $ 420,000 pro­ject to re­work the in­te­rior and max­i­mize the li­brary’s

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space was launched in De­cem­ber. Li­brary oper­a­tions were con­densed and moved to the pub­lic meet­ing room.

“We still had many pa­trons us­ing the branch,” Walker said Thurs­day.

Christy Reynolds, branch man­ager, agreed.

“Our us­age and cir­cu­la­tion re­mained very good through­out this up­date,” Reynolds said. “Our com­mu­nity sup­port has made this pro­ject a big suc­cess.”

Friends of Ris­ing Sun Li­brary helped off­set the cost of the pro­ject, which was part of a Ce­cil County Capi­tol Im­prove­ment Pro­gram.

Pa­trons will no­tice the changes im­me­di­ately, from ar­range­ment of shelv­ing to new func­tions for old spa­ces.

The quiet room at the back of the 21- year- old li­brary build­ing on Colo­nial Way was con­verted into a chil­dren’s li­brary, sim­i­lar to the one at the Elkton Cen­tral Li­brary. Com­puter and in­ter­net ac­cess was en­larged and im­proved. Mor­gan Miller, as­sis­tant di­rec­tor of the li­brar y sys­tem, noted in De­cem­ber that the li­brar y is the only place where most can get free high- speed in­ter­net ac­cess.

Dur­ing con­struc­tion, sev­eral func­tions were moved off­site suc­cess­fully, Walker said.

“It’s been fan­tas­tic to work with the com­mu­nity,” she said, not­ing Ce­cil County Parks and Re­cre­ation, Janes United Methodist Church, Ris­ing Sun Mid­dle School and Martin’s Cof­fee Shop be­came li­brary meet­ing ar­eas. “We found these part­ner­ships to be very ben­e­fi­cial.”

Reynolds said the book dis­cus­sions held at Martin’s would con­tinue even af­ter the re­open­ing.

The li­brar y is closed Fri­day for last- minute prepa­ra­tions. One fi­nal pro­ject will be turn­ing the meet­ing room back into its in­tended pur­pose.

“The rest of the li­brary will open Satur­day at 10 a. m.,” Walker said.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Karen Peter­man, teen li­brar­ian at the Ris­ing Sun Li­brary, moved her teen book dis­cus­sions to Ris­ing Sun Mid­dle School dur­ing the li­brary’s ren­o­va­tion pro­ject. The li­brary closed Thurs­day and Fri­day to pre­pare for a soft re­open­ing Satur­day at 10 a.m.

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