Based upon the surveys, staff is selecting appropriate furniture, lighting, and bookshelves. Public spaces require furniture capable of lasting years with constant, hard use, and the costs are higher than residential furnishings. A fundraising campaign is being developed.
This new space will be available to anyone from 10 am to 1 pm. After 2 pm, it will become a Teens Only area.
The 1200 sq. ft. space will have modular walls, and because the walls will be mostly transparent, the area will feel large and spacious.
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Long-time library user Wilma Beauchot left the Post Falls Library a $48,000 bequest in 2017. That money will complete the walls, electrical outlets, and data lines. Another $50,000 will be needed to complete the project, mostly through donations.
The new, modern space will give teens an after-school place of their own. In 2016, when the Library Network held community meetings about library services, the number one public concern was youth loitering near the entrances and being noisy in the library. About 40 teens were surveyed asking what features they would like to see. Some of the elements rising to the top include color-changing lighting, fun seating, a craft closet, and of course, lots of technology.
When not dedicated to teens, the room will be a place for everyone.
For information, contact Jennifer Craft, community librarian and manager, 208-773-1506.