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Library Transitions as the Seasons Change

Photo of Library Director Cheri Fiory
A shelf of books with colored spine labels

An example of the new nonfiction spine labels; these books are destined for the science & history neighborhoods

As we say goodbye to the lazy days of summer, and look forward to the new fall season, we anticipate the changes to come–in the weather, in our activities, or even just in the pace of our lives. You may start noticing some new additions in the Library, too, as we prepare to move to the new library building with an anticipated opening in spring 2020.

We’ve started this transition with the books. Have you noticed, for example, that nonfiction books are appearing on shelves with colored labels over the call numbers on the spines? Each color designates a book’s location, or neighborhood, in the new building. While we will continue to utilize the Dewey Decimal System, to enable better browsing, nonfiction books will also be categorized by one of nine neighborhoods, such as History, Travel & Language, and Science. The Library’s large fiction collection will maintain its current alphabetical organization, but will be merged with the mysteries. To help readers easily identify them on the shelves, the spines of mystery novels will be stickered MYSTERY.

The UDPL STEAM Lab gets its own dedicated space at the new library. Stop in for Full STEAM ahead Saturdays this fall to learn more.

Library staff and volunteers have also been busy converting the Library’s 115,000 items to radio frequency identification (RFID). While RFID will initially enable the library staff to perform some of their tasks more efficiently, it is also intended to improve your self-checkout experience as you can check out more than one book at a time!

While we may be making preparations to move, we’ve also taken care to ensure that we continue to offer a great line up of programs for you this fall 2019. Don’t miss our Judy Garland Cabaret, Hedgerow performing Tales of Poe, our kids Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and last, but not least, our Full STEAM ahead events  Don’t yet know what the UDPL STEAM Lab is? Join us for our Full STEAM Ahead events on October 19 and November 16 to learn what it’s all about. All are welcome!

Wishing you an enjoyable fall transition!

–Cheri Fiory, Director