Library plans open house

Library plans open house "We Celebrate" might well be the theme of the evening when the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library and the Public Library Foundation together host the Chamber of Commerce "Business After Hours" Open House at the library on Friday March 19, from 5 to 7 p.m.

And there will be much to celebrate, including the recent renovation undertaken with Vermillion City Council funding supplemented by a public Library Foundation pledge, and the 95th anniversary of the library's founding.

Chamber of Commerce members and other interested citizens will be treated to library tours conducted by staff members who will point out features of the library's new look: handicapped-accessible entry doors; a technology center with four personal computers, a printer and a scanner located in the former lobby area; new carpeting and greatly improved lighting; a new, more efficient circulation desk; 18 additional sections of shelving (14 in the adult area; four in the children's area); re-laminated surfaces on all tables; new and/or newly re-upholstered furniture; new paint on the walls; and, best of all, the new children's story and activity room.

Half of the former storeroom area has been renovated into a special area for children with checkerboard seating on the floor, storage cabinets for children's activity materials and its own sink.

In addition to joining tours, guests at the open house will be invited to enjoy light refreshments, to register for door prizes, and to take part in a silent auction of literary items.

Approximately 50 books for children and adults (many with autographs) will be offered for sale in the library's community room where Steve Waller, president of the Public Library Foundation and other foundation members will direct the sale.

Light background music by the Bill Gibson Orchestra will add to the evening's pleasure. Heidi Nickisch, president of the Friends of the Vermillion Public Library, is chief coordinator for the celebration which will be open to all interested members of the Vermillion Community. Additional details may be obtained from Jane Larson, public librarian, at 677-9060.

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