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An interior facelift for the library
Statesboro Regional reveals its new, modern look
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Jadyn McGeorge, 11, far left, Sadie Ruth Inglis, 5, Emma Sack, 11, Lily Shaw, 9, and Maddy Case, 10, enjoy the new booths in the Statesboro Regional Library's new teen section during the Spring into the Arts and Read! event. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff

A major interior facelift for the Statesboro Regional Library was revealed Friday as part of the monthly First Friday celebration. At the event, the library showered patrons with hors d’oeuvres and a brand new look, both upstairs and downstairs.

The second floor, loft-like area was unveiled as a teen zone and the bottom floor was shown off with its more user-friendly, open setting. Most of the previous library furnishings were 20 to 30 years old.

Jennifer Durham, Library director who’s been with the library for 23 years, said the prudent use of funds over time enabled the library to refurbish both floors, “bringing the Bulloch County library into the 21st century with the new furnishings and improving the library’s services and the way we offer them.”

The library has always offered shelves of material for teen patrons, but the recent changes converted the balcony to a special area designated just for kids 12 and older to hang out, socialize, work on homework, listen to music or read books, Durham said.

The canary-yellow booths for seating with pendant lights encourage the kids to sit in groups and focus their conversations, while providing table space for projects and media.

“It’s important for teens to have their own space,” Durham said. “Bulloch County has the highest percentage of teens in this library system. They need a place to hang out and work with the resources available to them.”

The Teen Advisory Board is comprised of students who volunteer to help make decisions about the library and its services, along with the library’s trustees, helped with color choices and wall décor. Hubcaps decorated by teens adorn the walls and one wall showcases art made by local students to share with the community.

Downstairs, new furnishings that are sanitizable and stainproof bring a more modern look to the library’s traditional stylings and origins. The new, technologically-advanced seating area includes laptop arms and tables to stow devices. Additional computers were added to the already-available collection.

“Some people come to stay in the library for hours and hours to do schoolwork, personal business or to meet their entertainment needs,” said Durham, pointing out that free Wi-Fi is available in the library facility.

Visitors will also find that the combined service desk limits patron wait times.

Not to leave any age-group untouched, the library has plans to update the children’s department, eventually complimenting the recent addition of toddler-friendly furniture to meet the needs of new and emerging readers.

A valued and appreciated part of the community for many years, Durham said the Statesboro Regional Library will continue to offer much-needed services to the area, but now it will do so with a more modern, efficient and user-friendly atmosphere. 

 

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