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May 21, 2013

Library to kick off summer reading program in renovated building

Greensburg — The Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library completed several interior renovations to the nearly 20-year old structure at the end of February and will debut the 2013 summer reading program in the newly completed building.

When one walks into the Greensburg Public Library, the now open, well-lit, airy building could easily have been taken from some far away metropolis. The new interior of the library lends a sense of sophistication and pride to a building that has seen thousands pass through its aisles in search of the perfect book.

New carpet throughout the building is a major change that brings new life to the two decade old building. Many shelves and entire sections were rearranged, chiefly bringing the audio/video section to the front of the library and improving access for patrons. A large amount of seating was added, allowing more people to relax with a book in one of the many inviting reading spaces scattered through the library. The computer lab has also been improved and now offers more spaces for patrons to study or use the computers in privacy.  

For young readers, the new activity room, which is often utilized for story time, is a fun place to gather with other children and listen to someone read. The early literacy room, a play room for young children is emblazoned with the words “room to bloom” and offers a place to play for children too young to read while their parents are perusing the shelves. The children’s room also features new iPads and touch screen computer stations pre-loaded with fun educational games. A large glass terrarium in the children’s room is home to Saphira, the library’s bearded dragon.

Jill Pratt, the children’s librarian is excited about the changes and looks forward to the summer reading program. The children’s program, called Dig into Reading, kicks off Wednesday, May 29. Readers can sign up in the computer lab from 4 to 7 p.m. and Silly Safaris’ Coyote Chris will be visiting with several of his animal friends at 6 p.m. The kick off event will also have popcorn and lemonade for anyone who wants it, as well as temporary tattoos and a craft activity.

Pratt is looking forward to the children’s programs set to take place this summer. June 5, the Minnestristra Theatre Preserves will do a live performance of five of Aesop’s Fables and a life size game of Candy Land will take place June 19 Children must be accompanied by an adult for all events. The regularly scheduled lap sit, story time, and toddler time will still take place throughout the summer.  

In addition to the renovations to the children’s room, the library has added a teen studio for older readers that are not quite adults. Lori Durbin, the coordinator for the teen section said she is thrilled with the changes and very much looks forward to the upcoming activities the library has planned for teens. Durbin said the teen studio is a place for them to create their lives. A number of creative outlets are available for teens- including computers, an art table, and a reading nook.

Among the renovations was new furniture for the teen studio, including a whimsical couch that has been reupholstered with duct tape. A new television, which was a gift from Psi Iota Psi, will be used to advertise events, show book trailers, and eventually for gaming, according to Durbin. A new television was also donated to the children’s room. Durbin still hopes to obtain a large plant to go in the window and a lounge chair for reading, but doesn’t not currently have the funds.

Durbin said the teen studio was already getting a good-sized crowd after school and the summer should bring in more readers, especially after the kick off of the teen reading program, Groundbreaking Reads. There are some impressive prizes available to the top readers, including an Xbox 360, a pair of Beats by Dre headphones, and King’s Island tickets. Prizes for the children’s and teens’ programs will be combined. Foe each reading level participants will receive a small prize and a slip to put into a drawing for the prize of their choice. Durbin said her goal is to invite as many kids as possible and to give them a safe place to go where they can relax and spend time with friends.

The summer will bring a wide variety of events for teens hosted by the library, including Movie Monday, Duct Tape Mania, and The Unofficial Hunger Games Survival Course, which is scheduled for June 26 and has already had all spots taken. Due to a grant from the Decatur County Community Foundation, the library was able to add another day, July 1, and 25 spots are currently available, but those will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

The library takes donations for purchasing books and funding reader programs. Donations can be made in honor or in memory of someone, or as a simple donation.

Durbin stated that there was a huge interest in graphic novels among the teens, but the books are prohibitively expensive.

In addition to the children’s and teens’ reading programs, the library will be holding an adult reading program as well. Adults can sign up during the kick off event on May 29. Prizes for adults include a gift certificate for carpet cleaning, a kindle paperwhite, and tickets to the Indianapolis Symphony and the Indianapolis Repertory Theater. The only event planned for adults will be a presentation by the Purdue Extension Office about how to grow tomatoes.  

Any questions can be addressed to the library at 812-663-4455.

More pictures of the renovations can be found at www.greensburgdailynews.smugmug.com.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004

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