Renovation through summer prompts temporary changes to library program activities

SPOKESMAN FILE PHOTOS - Book Notes concerts have been moved from the Wilsonville Public Library to Wilsonville Community Center during the renovation, while other programs have alternate locations as well. If one were to meander through Wilsonville City Hall in the middle of a Wednesday morning in the first half of 2018, one might witness the strange sight of families babbling with puppets and reading fantastical tales in the same chamber that Wilsonville City Council deliberates policies.

The Wilsonville Family Storytime program typically takes place in the Wilsonville Public Library. But due to major renovations to improve facilities and keep the library functioning optimally for the foreseeable future, many library programs will scatter to other locations throughout the city until the project's completion — which is projected to be June 30.

The book club and Book Notes concerts will take place at Wilsonville Community Center, Baby Time, Family Storytime, Toddler Time, Genealogy Club and the Great Book Discussion groups will congregate at City Hall, and the English as a Second Language class will occur at the Parks and Recreation administration building.

"We're so grateful that the City of Wilsonville has offered us City Hall and working with parks and rec admin building and community center, it's been a great effort by everyone to come together to help us out," Wilsonville Library Program Coordinator Andrea Erickson said.

Also, Art Wall displays, Curiosity Café, First Friday Films, K-2 Book Adventures, Lego Night, The Zone and teen events are on break until the renovation is complete.

"Part of it was facilities; part of it was they are once a month programs," Erickson said. "The ones that were once a month were a bit more difficult to schedule. It's easier to say we'll have them on break during renovation and we'll bring them back when they're ready to go."

Aside from programs, library staff will try to keep the library running smoothly throughout the renovation.

Erickson says the library staff hopes to consult with the construction contractors, ZKG Contractors, Inc., on the construction schedule in January and assumes that parts of the library will be off limits during the process, but book checkout and returns will still be available.

"Part of it is just trying to navigate the logistics of running a library, keeping it open, while we have construction work going on. How do you deal with that? How do you set up the circulation area?" Erickson said."The important thing is we will do everything we can to keep the library available for people to use and check out items and return them."

The library renovation will include implementing a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, painting and carpeting, improving public bathrooms and adding new service desks. The Clackamas County Library District provided the majority of the money for the renovation while the City of Wilsonville will dip $320,000 into its contingency fund to pay for it.

"I don't know that anyone enjoys chaos but I'm looking forward to the renovation being complete where we'll have a fresh look to the building, better spaces and HVAC that works well," Erickson said. "There's a lot of stuff that will be really good. There's a process to get to that point that will be a little bit of work."