by Lisa Tome
Longtime and now retired Rising Sun Librarian Sallie Teague was among the first people in the doors when the newly renovated branch opened on Saturday morning, May 7.
"I think it's wonderful. You did good in the amount of time you had," Teague told Director of Libraries Denise Davis.
Davis told Teague that a new children's area, technology upgrades, and good lighting were all focal points for the renovation. "We made lights a priority. We wanted to make it a friendly place for families," said Davis.
"This is sure modern," said Teague.
Jeff Bundy was also at the branch for opening day. "It's very, very nice, I'm here all the time - four or five times a week. I liked the old library and I do like this. The library is a center of the community. This is beautiful," said Bundy. What was formerly a quiet room is now a children's area. Tish Moore and her daughter, Bridget were checking out the new area. "We are here at least once a week. A lot of parents are not going to be stressed out now. If you bring an older child to a program, it was a challenge to keep a young child or toddler quiet. I have twins that were raised in this library," said Moore.
Dale Kerns is an educator, former board member for the library, and frequent branch user. "I'm excited to see it," said Kerns. "I like the colors. I like the lighting. There are no more pockets of darkness. I like the new shelves too. The new children's room is bright. It's going to be great for the kids," said Kerns.
The furniture looks new but isn't, explained Davis. She said a craftsman was hired to recover chairs and other furniture as a cost savings rather than buy new.
The work isn't completed yet. Over the next several weeks, renovation to the community room, which served as the temporary downsized library, will be underway. Upgrades to that area will include new paint and carpet.