Clark County library launches new site, nears end of $2.6M renovation

The Clark County Public Library has been busy for the past few months with not only a $2.6 million renovation to its Main Branch downtown, they’ve also completely redone and launched a new website.

The new website was something the library has been wanting to do for awhile, Public Relations Manager Allison Peck said. With the help of a patron focus group and staff focus group, she said the library zoned in on areas that could use improvement, especially when it came to downloading materials, placing items on reserve and checking events.

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Another goal was to make the site more user friendly by providing a better search and filter feature and by adding more content. The library's website launched in early March and so far, Peck said, the response from patrons has been positive.

The Main Branch is also reaching the end of its major renovation project. The new entrance is done and crews are in the midst of painting the interior of the library.

The renovations are expected to finish by late summer or early fall, at which time there will be a grand re-opening of the library. The Clark County Public Library’s new website will have more information about the event as the date approaches.

The summer reading program also has recently begun at the library. The theme for the summer program is Build a Better World. New this year is the re-instated adult reading program, which will feature weekly drawings for gift cards and a grand drawing for a Kindle Fire.

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The kids’ program will feature many different activities, including guests such as Ronald McDonald, presentations by the Glen Helen Raptor Center and events centered around science, technology, engineering and math. There’s also a teen program that includes drawings for two Kings Island Tickets and the grand prize of a tablet.

This weekend Friends of the Library will hosting its annual book sale, this year at United Senior Services, 125 W. Main Street. Hardcover, paperback and AV materials will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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