2013-05-16 / Other News

Seaview Avenue Library Closes To Change With The Times

By Sam Akhtar

The library will be closed for a month for upgrades. 
Photo by Sam Akhtar The library will be closed for a month for upgrades. Photo by Sam Akhtar “If we stand still, we become more like an archive museum,” said Jamaica Bay Library branch manager Mel Hinkle.

The 30-year veteran of the public library system spoke about some of the exciting changes coming to the branch, located at 9727 Seaview Avenue.

“We will get two self-checkout machines and two toddler computers,” Hinkle said in a recent interview with the Canarsie Courier.

Hinkle is looking forward to the upgrades, which are the first in his two and half years at the Jamaica Bay branch. “Change makes it more exciting to the public when they come in and see new things,” he said.

Other enhancements include repositioning the reference/circulation desk, a new customer service desk, a book slot and some rearranging of reading tables and shelving. The work will temporarily close the branch from May 25th to June 22nd. While these changes are being implemented, Hinkle said none of the existing features or fixtures will be compromised. Parts of the interior walls will also be spruced up with some fresh paint and the floors will shine brightly just before their doors open to the public. The staff has been busy prepping for the work by “weeding” or sorting through their inventory and getting rid of obsolete or outdated material.

During the scheduled closure, staff will be reassigned to other branches temporarily.

Library patrons can visit nearby neighborhood locations such as Canarsie Library at 1580 Rockaway Parkway or the Spring Creek Library at 12143 Flatlands Avenue.

The renovations are part of a larger technology upgrade costing about $2 million. The Brooklyn Public Library has six to eight branches left in the entire retrofitting project. For more information, visit: bklynpubliclibrary.org or call 718-241-3571.

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