the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, There sure seems to be a lot of “Reimagining ” going around these days ,first the Village Master Plan and now the Ridgewood Public Library . The Ridgewood Public Library will be presenting a, ” Reimagine Ridgewood Public Library Renovation Concept ” In a public forum on Saturday, October 6, 2018 10:00 am – 11:30 am in the Ridgewood Library Auditorium .All residents are invited to join the Library staff for coffee, learn about the concept ,ask questions, share suggestions . For more information, please see Library website Ridgewoodlibrary.org , Reimagine RPL or email Library Director Nancy Greene [email protected] .
According to North Jersey media ,the Ridgewood Library Director Nancy Greene claimed that , “ we’ve had 6 million visitors come to the library to use our services. The library is not any longer the state-of-the-art facility that it was in the first five years when we opened” . Green added ,the Ridgewood Public Library’s programs have gone from 13,713 attendees in 1999 to 49,022 in 2017, and are a driving force behind reimagining.
Some of the changes proposed:
Move Teen Room to larger space .
Additional 40 seats to auditorium.
New central stairway.
Additional quiet student space, lounge seating.
New magazine lounge.
Local history and genealogy collections, climate-controlled storage.
New carpet, paint, furnishings.
Energy-efficient LED lighting.
This is all part of the Library’s Strategic Plan 2013-2018 : https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/eb7023_0dac88cabeb844259c63d70ccf88a02c.pdf
And follows in the footsteps of the “Reimagine, Refresh and Transform A Space Assessment and Building Program for the Ridgewood Public Library ” put together by Library Development Solutions in July 2013 .https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/eb7023_2a55a57a9ccc4a00a97bdaf5f4901039.pdf
Library supporters are looking to cash in on an opportunity to secure a portion of a $125 million Public Library Construction and Renovation grant, approved by voters last year. The plan as it stands estimated project construction cost is $6 million and we anticipate an additional $1.7 million in “soft costs” for professional fees, furnishings, equipment, transitions, financing = $7.7 million. After the concept is approved, the Library would work toward funding from 3 sources: • 50% $4 million NJ State Library Grant • 25% $2 million (maximum) public funds through Village of Ridgewood • 25% $2 million (minimum) Capital Campaign* support from generous individuals, foundations and businesses. The Campaign Committee will include Trustees, Foundation and Friends members. *For the 1998 renovation, the Capital Campaign delivered $1.7 million.
Sounds interesting but what about the books? The only mention seems to be , 20,000 volumes ,will be rearranged for easier browsing .