Library, Museum & Archives to Close October 1st for Remodel
The Fayette Public Library, Museum & Archives will close to the public on Friday, October 1, 2021 to complete a redesign of the library downstairs. In March of 2020, the library received a $50,000 grant from the Tocker Foundation to purchase new furniture and shelving. The Tocker Foundation supports Texas public libraries in communities of 12,000 or less. The grant funds will add interactive, vibrant furniture in the children’s room, create a space for teens, add new flexible meeting room furniture, and replace all shelving.
As part of the grant, library staff were able to meet and work with a library design consultant. The consultant, along with the Tocker Foundation, presented alternative floor plans and furniture options. Along with the re-imagined youth spaces, the reference desk and public computer area will also change to offer more privacy and create more space. “It is amazing what can be done by simply repositioning shelving and adding different furniture options. Working with an experienced consultant really allowed staff to visualize possibilities we could have never dreamed of,” said Allison MacKenzie, Library Director.
During the redesign, the library will also get a fresh coat of paint and new carpet. The library does not have an exact re-open date but will keep patrons updated via Facebook and provide updates to the Fayette County Record. Library and Archives staff will be available to answer phone calls, respond to e-mail inquiries, and assist the community in finding resources. Staff can be reached at 979-968-3765 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
No fines will be charged during the closure and patrons can keep library materials at home or return them in the book drop. Questions or concerns regarding the library closure and remodel should be directed to Allison MacKenzie at 979-968-3765 or firstname.lastname@example.org.