Archive for Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Library readies for move

Volunteers sought as construction of new site nears end

February 27, 2008

Basehor Community Library is almost ready to show off its new building, along with all of its new features, to patrons.

On Monday, April 28, the Basehor Community Library's new location at 158th Street and Garden Parkway, will open its doors to the public. A grand-opening celebration will follow May 9 and 10.

The new library was made possible by a $2.99 million bond issue passed by the community in 2006, a parcel of land donated by Basehor residents Ray and Ann Breuer and the hard work of library supporters.

Construction on the more than 13,000-square-foot library began in fall 2006. Some of the amenities it will feature include self-checkout stations, an automated book return, a drive-up book drop and a working fireplace.

Library director Carla Kaiser said some work remains on the interior and exterior of the building, including shelving and landscaping.

"Mostly March for us is finishing up the final punch list, getting furniture put in place and getting our procedures into place," Kaiser said.

The library will open at its temporary location, 14500-R Parallel Road, through April 12, then it will be closed for two weeks to move into the new building and allow employees to train on the new systems.

Kaiser said the library is looking for volunteers to help move books from the temporary location to the new building. A sign-up sheet is at the front desk of the library for those interested.

"Right now, we're just taking name and phone number, then we'll get details to them when we set the date," Kaiser said.

The move will be similar to the one made in 2006 when the library relocated from its former home on 155th Street to the temporary site. A moving company will be hired to lift furniture and other boxes, while volunteers will concentrate on getting books off the shelves. Kaiser said the volunteers were a huge help during the last move.

"Most likely it will be the week of the 12th," she said about the dates needed for moving volunteers. "That's when we'll make the physical move into the new building. The next week will be getting things fine-tuned."

Volunteers to act as guides once the new library is open also are needed. Assistant director Jenne Laytham will conduct two-hour training sessions at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 25, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, for those interested.

"We're looking for people in the community that have a real passion for libraries," she said. "These people will be there to greet patrons as the they come in, give tours and show them how to use the new self-checkout stations. They are there to help with the new services basically."

These volunteers are required to attend one of the training sessions and commit to two- to three-hour shifts, one to two days per week. Laytham said these volunteers would remain at the library at least through the first month of opening.

She also said many volunteers are needed since the library will have longer hours of operation at the new facility. The new library will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Applications for this volunteer opportunity are available at the library's front desk.

For more information, contact the library at (913) 724-2828.

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