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Library’s new look worth checking out

Thursday, August 17, 2017

If you haven’t had a chance to see the new furniture and updated layout at Forsyth Public Library, do yourself a favor and stop in for a visit. Library Director Rachel Miller and her staff are understandably proud of the way things turned out.

“It speaks well to the community that this place is so well supported,” Miller said. “We had 46,000 people come in the library doors in 2016; they checked out 88,000 pieces.”

That amounts to a whole lot of books, DVDs and magazines.

“It’s busy on a daily basis,” she said.

Back in January, trustees approved the purchase of new furniture for the library. The master plan, which included a new floor plan, had been in the works for a long time. Miller wanted to be a good steward for the future and spent a couple of years in the planning stages discussing the project with designers. She said she wanted a new design that was true to the existing library, comfortable but modern and a good fit for the community.

At a meeting in January, Miller made Mayor Marilyn Johnson, Village Administrator David Strohl and trustees aware of the fact that, “Significant portions of the library furnishings were purchased when the library opened in 1983.” She also noted that a majority of the library’s furniture was purchased circa 1996 during an expansion of the library. In other words, it was time.

Once she had Board approval, Miller hired Wisconsin-based Embury, Ltd. to make the project happen.

“We’ve been really pleased with the final results of all the hard work,” Miller said. “Embury did a really good job incorporating existing woodwork and existing pieces in ways that gave the library a really updated look.”

First thing most people notice is the comfortable semi-circle shaped couch that Miller said has become an informal gathering area.

“It’s been a real popular place as people come in for events,” she said. “They sit and talk or sit and read, and they compare books. It promotes community gathering.”

The last six years have seen a number of improvements to the library, including new carpet and paint, upgraded flooring and new windows.

“It’s certainly gratifying to see it all come together,” Miller said.

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