Ed Worso, GCPL Director

There are numerous considerations and questions to answer regarding something as important as a bond issue. One question is, “What have you done for me lately?”

We want to assure county residents that an important part of our job is maintaining excellent facilities that are clean, secure, and inviting, as well as increasingly efficient to run. The Board and administration have worked on various projects in the last few years to improve existing services. Here are a few examples:

 

 

A young patron cuts the ribbon at the opening of the new and improved Newbury Branch.

1. Newbury interior redesign
Newbury Station had been housed in the older high school building since 1993; it was in the middle of the school facility which was not easily accessible by the public. In early 2016, we opened the newly remodeled and greatly expanded Newbury Station in the old elementary building across the parking lot from the existing school. This coming school year, we have expanded the service hours to nearly match a full-service branch.

Newbury’s expanded hours:

Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 – 5 p.m.

Here’s the newly updated children’s section at the Chardon Branch.

2. Mobile Services expansion
The expansion of the Mobile Services Department housed at the Middlefield Branch was also completed in 2016 at a cost of nearly $900,000. This expansion doubled the room for Mobile Services vehicles. While that renovation was in progress, a brand new Bookmobile (the Fun Bus) was being built to be added to our existing Blue Bird Bookmobile, Lobby Stop vehicle, and Outreach vehicle. The space was barely completed before it was at full capacity with Mobile Services vehicles waiting to hit the Geauga County roads.

3. Chardon renovation
Though it had been in the works for a number of years, the interior renovation of the Chardon Branch began and was completed in 2016.

2016 was a busy year indeed! All of these services, expansions and renovations are paid for by all citizens in the service district of the Geauga County Public Library. And we have just gotten started. Let’s keep moving onward and upward.