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Woodstock library more ‘coherent’ after reorganization

Published: Saturday, April 19, 2014 9:59 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – Back before Nick Weber took the job as director of Woodstock Public Library – before the opening even existed – he had a vision to rework the building’s entryway.

The director at a community library in Mukwonago, Wis., at the time, Weber had checked out the Woodstock library during a visit to the town. The facility made a positive impact on him, but he saw even more potential in a rearrangement.

On Friday, Weber’s initial vision and months of planning came to fruition as library staff led a reorganization.

Among other changes, the young adult section that had crowded the front entryway was moved upstairs and replaced by the adult new book and DVD collections.

“No offense to the teens or the young adults at all, but that’s not the kind of thing you want to highlight,” said Weber, who joined the library in early 2013. “It is a relatively small subset of the population and they don’t like being in the fishbowl like that to begin with.”

The young adult section will find its new home upstairs, in a space that was touched up in preparation for Friday’s move. The library added power and data outlets and painted to make the space more vibrant, Weber said.

The previous contents of the upstairs are being added to other sections of the library piece by piece. The library’s collection of old magazines, which had been upstairs, will join the new magazines downstairs. A section of local government documents was condensed to make more room, but remains upstairs.

The local history section – which can be tough to navigate for patrons, Weber said – was moved downstairs into the reference area, closer to librarian aid.

“That makes life easier for the librarians, but also for the patrons,” he said.

Weber added that additional space upstairs could eventually be developed into a study and technology space, with room for programming. Those plans likely won’t fully take shape until this summer or early fall and are in part contingent on a grant the library is waiting to hear back on.

Either way, Weber expressed excitement for the library’s changes.

“All the little pieces kind of fit in a more logical and coherent way to hopefully make it easier to find stuff,” he said. “And maybe even alert people who have been coming here for a long time to things they didn’t know we had.”

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