It is a strange feeling to say that the Library doors are closed. The last time this occurred was in 1997. There are three of us on staff that were present when we closed the doors in the old library on May 7th, in preparation for the move to our present location. We opened the doors in the "new" library on June 16th, and held our Grand Opening on June 21st. That was 14 years ago.
For this closure, our last day was Saturday, January 7th and we started the packing process on January 9th. It is safe to say that we are in a state of organized confusion – with organization winning over confusion. The majority of our shelves are empty and the books have been packed. The movers are in the process of taking our full boxes, and furniture, to our storage location. It was a daunting task, but now that we are well past the half way mark, we are feeling quite pleased with how process is moving along.
What is next? Well, we finish the packing of the books of course, then the shelves are dismantled and stored. We will spend the last couple of days making sure all the supplies have been gathered up, things are removed from the walls, and then double check that we haven’t missed anything. We will be setting up a temporary office, where the Head and Assistant librarians will continue to receive and process books that have been pre-ordered. We have several year-end projects that will need to be completed as well. We can be reached at our normal phone number and email address.
The construction crew will be tearing down the wall between the existing building and the new expansion. In the existing space, there will be some demolition in preparation for renovations.
As soon as we have a solid date for opening, we will advertise on Steinbach-on-line, in The Carillon, on our website (www.jakeepplibrary.com), and on our local radio stations.