Seymour library_ history room moving to basement for easier access

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If you attended the recent program on the history of Seymour Library, you would have learned the building was built in 1903. While we love our beautiful, historic building, we also have the challenge of making the building work for the way people live today. In 1903, electricity was the new thing and local newspapers reported on the “profusion of incandescent lights” in the East Reading Room, as well as electric lighting in the Children’s Room. The building has endured changes in heating, electricity, transportation, books and accessibility.

In 1994, the west entrance addition allowed the building to be accessible via ramps from the back parking lot and the front sidewalk. The new addition included an elevator to the basement, allowing access to the Children’s Room for anyone with mobility issues. Even with all the work that has been done, our entire nonfiction collection is located on floors that are not accessible to all. Even more frustrating has been the second floor location of the Mary Van Sickle Wait Local History Room, a challenge for local historians and genealogists who cannot use the stairs. That’s about to change!

Seymour Library applied for and received a state Public Library Construction Grant to move the History Room from its current location on the second floor to a basement area that is accessible by elevator. The basement storage/office space will move to second floor, essentially swapping the two areas. The new history room location will allow children and their families, as well as historians and genealogists to discover and celebrate the rich historical legacy of the area.

In anticipation of the construction and move, the History Room will close on Dec. 1 to give us time to prepare for the upcoming construction project. The other change you will see is that we have blocked access to part of the second floor to create temporary office space. We’ve moved our popular arts/crafts books near the history books for easy access and browsing. If you’re looking for a book in the Dewey range 700-744 and 760-799, just ask at the Circulation Desk and we’ll get the volume for you.

While we’re excited about these upcoming changes, we understand there will be some confusion and inconvenience during construction. We ask for your patience while we get everything ready, and we look forward to sharing our newly renovated Local History Discovery Center with you in April 2016.

Lisa Carr is director of Seymour Library. For more information, visit seymourlibrary. org or call (315) 252-2571.

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