Metcalfe and Barren
You may have noticed the hustle and bustle at the currently closed Main Street location of the Metcalfe County Public Library. According to Director Kasey Warf, construction is underway and on time.
“The project is on track, we are sticking close to the projected timeline of early summer, even with the delay caused by the layers of rock. Exterior framing is complete, truss and roof deck installation are coming soon. Interior framing and drywall is 95 % complete, and finish work will begin soon. The substantial completion date is set for early June; however, weather delays could influence this timeline,” Warf said.
In the meantime, the library is still operating from its annex space next to the MCES. Some might feel that in the information era, the library is less viable than in yesteryear, but Warf says the library remains busy and is adjusting its sails to keep pace with changing trends.
“You don’t have to be an avid reader to take advantage of everything the library has to offer,” Warf said. The library offers one on one assistance with job readiness skills like resume building, job search and application assistance, tech help, academic and research support, digital entertainment, and programming for children and adults.
The library also continues to offer access to computers and high-speed internet. The pandemic has brought to the forefront the issue of digital inequality. Patrons without access to broadband or an in-home computer can use these services both during and outside normal business hours.
“Offering non-traditional services is a growing trend among libraries, and MCPL will be joining this movement in the new facility. We hope to offer services such as assistance with Driver’s License renewal, become a passport acceptance facility, notary service, health and wellness services, and so on,” Warf said.
“The library will be equipped with hardware and software to include video conferencing capabilities. Patrons can reserve the small conference space or the study room for Telehealth appointments, network with employers, or participate in distance learning.”
The new library will feature a community space equipped with a small kitchenette perfect for events, and a make and learn lab. The Makery invites the community to explore, create, and learn new skills. We will offer tutorials, checkouts for portable tools, and access to equipment and space to create. Patrons can also take advantage of the outdoor plaza to sit, relax, and connect to the Wi-Fi.