The Savannah Branch will close in January to undergo a $200,000 remodeling project that will rearrange the library’s floor plan while adding two new study rooms, a designated teen area, energy-efficient lighting and new furniture in bold colors.
The library will close at the end of the business day Friday, Jan. 6, and will reopen Saturday, Feb. 11. While it is closed, Savannah patrons will be served by the Bookmobile, which will be parked at the library 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays.
Rolling Hills Library Director Michelle Mears said the decision was made to close the Savannah Branch so construction workers could do their work more quickly and so patrons would not be inconvenienced by the construction work.
The project will move the children’s and teen areas to the north side of the building and the adult materials to the south side. A new information desk will be built along with a permanent wall with glass doors to separate the Community Room from the main library. The wall will replace an existing folding wall.
Walls will be painted bold colors after the existing wallpaper is removed and LED lighting will be installed throughout the building. Another wall will be built to designate a new teen area that will have study tables, computer desks and comfortable seating.
The branch was previously remodeled in 2002, so the look and design are 14 years old and ready for a redo.
“It’s a true makeover,” Mears said. “Sometimes, when you move the furniture around in your home, it can give you a new perspective. We should get that in regards to patrons seeing and using our collection and services.”
About $155,000 for the project comes from two donations to the Savannah Branch.
In 2012, the library received $186,400 from the estate of California resident Margaret Perry, who would visit the library as a girl while visiting her grandparents in Savannah. Some of that gift has been used already to make repairs and do upgrades, including the building’s new exterior murals.
Another $9,000 for the project comes from the estate of longtime Savannah resident Winifred McCauley, who died in May.
Much of the library’s $45,000 contribution will pay for the LED lighting. Not only with the new lights be more energy efficient, but they will produce less heat, which means it will take less air conditioning to cool the library. The library also will receive a rebate from KCP&L for installing the new fixtures.
This holiday season, library staff are asking patrons to help provide clothing, personal care items and other gifts for people in need.
Giving Trees where patrons can leave their donations are in place at the Belt and Savannah branches.
The Savannah Branch is collecting hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, socks and underwear in adult and children’s sizes to give to Andrew County charities. Canned and boxed food items also will be accepted.
The Belt Branch is collecting items for the YWCA Women’s Shelter, where women and more than 20 children up to 15 years old are temporarily living. Patrons can pick up paper Christmas ornaments with gift ideas at the Belt Branch and return the items to the library. The gifts should be new and unwrapped.
Santa Claus is coming to …. the Belt Branch!
Children and families can have breakfast with Santa as well as make crafts, have their faces painted and attend special Storytimes from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, in the Belt Branch Upper Story, 1906A N. Belt. Parents will be able to take pictures of their children with Santa, and all children will go home with a free book.
The program is a come-and-go event and will serve fruit, drinks and doughnuts from Cardinal Country Bakery. No sign-up is required.
THE SALE HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH TUESDAY,
Books Revisited, the Friends of the Library used bookstore, is a great place to find gently used holiday books and regular books, DVDs and CDs to give as presents this holiday season!
The 12 Days of Christmas Sale through Dec. 12 offers these incredible deals:
- 1-5 –Christmas items cost $2 for hardback books, $1 for paperbacks and $1 for DVDs and CDs.
- 6-7 – Christmas items marked down 50 percent.
- 8 – Buy 2 mass market paperbacks and get 1 free.
- 9 – Buy 1 mass market paperback and get 1 free.
- 10 – 25 percent off all merchandise.
- 11-12 – 50 percent off all merchandise.
Books Revisited is located at 1208 N. Belt, upstairs from the Belt Branch and next door to PepperJax Grill. You can also find us on Facebook.
Cash registers were added recently to the Belt and Savannah branches to accommodate patrons wanting to pay library fees by credit or debit cards.
The new registers are located at the Circulation Desks and will accept cards as well as cash and checks. The registers are the same type of register that is in use in Books Revisited, the Friends of the Library bookstore upstairs from the Belt Branch.
While the library doesn’t charge fines on overdue materials, fees are assessed to replace damaged or lost materials and lost library cards. Copying fees of $1 or more can be paid at the cash register as well as any monetary donations to the library.
Try our NEW eBook resource Axis360 in the Grand River Digital Library. This is a shared collection with the St Joseph Public Library, soon to include more libraries in Missouri. Includes mostly eBooks and some eAudio, for adults, kids, and teens. All titles are also listed in our online catalog, so you can search there and link to Axis360 to download the title. Use your library card number and your account password to log in.
Uncle Fester from the Addams Family movies and television show would be just the kind of guy to keep a closet full of creepy costumes and props. That’s why our annual Halloween costume giveaway project is named for him.
If you have gently used costumes of any size gathering cobwebs in a closet or dresser (and what parent doesn’t?), consider donating them to the library for us to distribute at the Belt Branch’s Boofest Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 29. Youths of all ages who don’t have costumes can pick out a costume for the party and then keep them for Halloween night.
Boofest is planned for 11 a.m.-1 p.m and will feature safe trick-or-treating, games, crafts and a free hot dog lunch provided by the Kiwanis Club for the first 200 children.
Costumes — either complete sets or parts such as fairy wings and astronaut gloves — can be dropped off until that day at the Belt Branch or the Savannah Branch. We have about 100 full costumes and pieces of others left over from last year’s Boofest but could use more. New costumes will be accepted, too.
Tuesday, Sept. 27, is National Voter Registration Day, and Rolling Hills Library staff members will be standing by to sign up voters.
The public can register to vote any day at the library’s three branches, but the library is participating in the national effort to help as many people as possible to vote in future elections. Voters must be registered by Oct. 12 to cast ballots in the Nov. 8 general election.
To register, patrons must provide a Missouri driver’s license or state-issued identification card or their Social Security card. They will fill out and sign a form stating they are U.S. citizens and Missouri residents. The library will send the forms to the county clerks of Andrew and Buchanan counties, and voter identification cards with assigned polling places will be mailed back to voters.
Registering at the Bookmobile should be more convenient for rural residents instead of having to drive into St. Joseph or Savannah. The Bookmobile schedule can be found on the library’s website at https://rhcl.org/outreach/bookmobile-visits.
Staff members were trained and deputized by local election officials to register voters earlier this year as an added service for patrons.
National Voter Registration Day was set for the fourth Tuesday of September by the National Association of Secretaries of State. In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register.
A novel that tells the compelling story of a young woman who overcomes her troubled past by using the magic of flowers to help others, and eventually herself, is the first book chosen for a new book club for adults starting this month at the Savannah Branch.
The club is called Book Break and will meet at noon Thursday, Sept. 29. The book to be read and talked about is “The Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Participants can bring sack lunches to the meeting and enjoy drinks and dessert provided by the library.
“Language of Flowers” has earned praise for its emotional story about Victoria, an 18-year-old woman who has just left the foster system. Distrustful of most people, she uses her knowledge of the Victorian language of plants to choose flowers to help other people.
“I thought the story about how she was able to overcome being a foster child and working her way up to a job she loves, I just loved it,” says Savannah Branch manager Saundra Keiffer, who is leading the book club. “I thought it was beautifully written, too.”
Extra copies of the book are available to check out. Participants also will decide at the meeting what book they will read next and when to have their meetings.
Artist Dooley Lawrence will speak about how and why he uses ancient techniques to create his unique pottery in a program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the Belt Branch.
Dooley, who has a studio and showroom in East Hills Shopping Center called The Dooley Room, uses an anagama kiln built behind his Andrew County home. Anagama kilns are considered the oldest type of kilns, brought to Japan from China through Korea in the fifth century. They are not widely used today as most potters use electric and gas kilns that produce finished products more quickly.
Anagama kilns are wood-fired and consist of a long, earth-covered firing chamber. They have a firebox at one end and a flue at the other end. Green ware is placed inside the kiln and fired for as long as 10 days and then cooled for several weeks. The kiln must be supervised throughout the firing so the fire can produce the thousands of degrees of heat needed to make pottery.
Lawrence will show examples of his pottery and a video about his kiln. The program is free and open to the public.