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Library Closed April 10-30 for Renovation

Library Closed April 10-30 for Renovation

You read that right! The Library will be closed April 10-30 for a flooring renovation. Read the blog for details.

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Hannah Kiger

Ahh! Did that blog title freak you out? It’s true though—your Library will be closed to the public from Wednesday, April 10-Tuesday, April 30 for a flooring renovation.

We’re replacing the 25-year-old flooring in the Library’s first-floor entryway, lobby, hallways, Polly Peterson Room, and Jones Meeting Center.

We’re excited to update our building’s original flooring with a Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) that is better for our users. It is non-slip and easy to clean, and opens up more possibilities for the types of programs we can offer.

What Does “Closed” Mean?

If you’ve ever undertaken a flooring project, you know that replacing floors is a disruptive job! The Library will essentially be a construction site for a few weeks, and our users’ and staff’s safety are our first priority.

So “closed” means that we can’t offer in-person services or physical materials to our users during this time. Because of construction, we won’t be able to retrieve holds, offer curbside pickup, or reshelve returned books.

Items you borrow that would normally be due between April 10-30 will default to a due date after May 1. Since we won’t be able to reshelve materials, please hold onto your items if possible until their adjusted due date.

What About Events?

We won’t hold events during this time, but there are a few notable exceptions!

Storytime in the Park

Storytime in the Park will meet every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the King Commons Natural Adventure Area across the street from the Library. This outdoor storytime is recommended for ages 2-5, but all kids are welcome. If the weather forecast is bad, check our Facebook page after 9:30 a.m. to find out if storytime is happening.

Book Donation Drop-offs

The Friends of the Library hold book donation drop-offs on the first three Saturdays in April. During our closure, this falls on April 13 and 20. You can bring your gently-used books, DVDs, and puzzles to the Library’s parking lot (near the outdoor book drop) from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. You’ll see volunteers there who will help you unload.

Click here for details on what kind of donations the Friends accept.

Friends of the Library Book Sales

The Friends of the Library hold a huge book sale the last weekend in April in the Library’s Jones Meeting Center. You’ll be able to enter the Jones Meeting Center through the room’s exterior doors, which are located off the parking lot near the outdoor book drop.

On Friday, April 26, Friends members are invited to a special preview sale from 5:30-7 p.m. The sale will be open to the public on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday, April 28 from 1-3 p.m.

You can find more information about the Friends Book Sale here.

How Can I Use the Library During Closure?

Thankfully, our digital collections are still available during this temporary closure! Take advantage of our extensive collection of ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, comics, movies, and music.

Click here to explore all the digital content we offer through Tennessee R.E.A.D.S/Libby, hoopla, and the Tennessee Electronic Library.

More Questions?

If you have questions about the closure in these weeks leading up to April 10, please call us at (423)434-4450.

During the closure, we’ll keep you updated on renovation progress, events, and digital offerings through our website, Facebook, and Instagram.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we complete this big project. We can’t wait for you to experience the final result!

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