Nearly completed, new Coyle Free Library aims to be community hub – Chambersburg Public Opinion


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CHAMBERSBURG - When Coyle Free Library re-opens this November, it will not be only a place to try and browse books. 

The library is transitioning right into a hub for the community by a $5.5 million mission, which has concerned renovating the outdated constructing, which was as soon as Chambersburg's publish workplace, and including onto it to create more room.

Nearly accomplished, the new constructing will mix the look of the outdated library with a extra fashionable ambiance. 

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To provide the constructing a contemporary really feel, the primary stage options new hardwood flooring, that are at the moment being put in, together with extra modern desks and chairs for places of work. A skylight on the prime of the constructing brings in pure mild, illuminating the second and first flooring.  

However even with these new additions, elements of the outdated constructing have been built-in into the decor. One of many exterior partitions of the outdated library now acts as an inside wall, showcasing the unique bricks and different architectural options. A number of of the bricks had been repaired, and among the different options had been changed round the entire constructing, in accordance to Bernice Crouse, government director of the Franklin County Library System. 

Crouse mentioned the library is designed to embody essentially the most historic options on the entrance of the constructing and step by step shift to a extra fashionable really feel as patrons transfer towards the again. 

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"As librarians and buyers within the community, we wished to treasure the outdated however but make it a library that was fashionable sufficient for individuals to get essentially the most profit from it," she mentioned. "I believe we have finished a reasonably god job of it, and melding it." 

The new library additionally boasts a number of assembly areas, which embody extra fashionable lighting fixtures with LED lights, projectors and kitchenettes connected to the bigger areas which have stainless-steel home equipment for patrons to use. 

Within the outdated constructing, huddle rooms, or small convention rooms, are additionally out there. The rooms characteristic the unique hardwood flooring full with modern chairs connected to desks to attraction to younger professionals - a bunch Crouse mentioned the library is making an attempt to entice. 

On the east aspect of the constructing is a patio that overlooks the Chambersburg sq., full with benches and tables, and a backyard crammed with vegetation and flowers lined with commemorative bricks. 

However maybe the largest attraction of the new library is the way it features a house for a lot of forms of individuals - from youngsters, to kids, to enterprise professionals to those that want a spot to create one thing new. 

"Libraries are form of remaking themselves as a spot for, not simply getting stuff out of books or getting stuff off of the web, however sharing concepts," Crouse mentioned. She added that the library is making an attempt to create these areas to "give individuals an opportunity to be modern, (and) not simply be taught from different individuals's innovation of the previous." 

The library can be reinventing the best way it helps patrons, too. Crouse mentioned the employees will focus much less on the day-to-day duties, reminiscent of scanning books out and in of a pc, and can focus extra on serving to individuals. 

"We would like to be there to help them in what they're making an attempt to study, whether or not it is one thing in themselves or one thing out on this planet someplace," she mentioned.

The library's short-term location at 340 N. Second St. will formally shut on the finish of day on Nov. 10, throughout which period the employees will start transferring to their new location at 102 N. Fundamental St. by Nov. 19. 

Crouse mentioned the library plans to open to the general public by Nov. 21, however will host its grand opening occasion on Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to four p.m. The occasion will embody a ribbon chopping, together with completely different activties all through the day. 

Ashley Books, 717-377-4512


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Nearly completed, new Coyle Free Library aims to be community hub - Chambersburg Public Opinion