Wearing hardhats as required, board members of the Friends of the East Lansing Public Library (FOELPL) Board got a preview last Friday of the nearly completed renovation in the north half of the library. They pronounced results well worth the occasional inconvenience to staff, patrons, and Friends since renovation began last December. The library was closed over the holidays while everything which would be needed to stay in business was concentrated in the south end. A temporary wall was erected for safety while work proceeded on the north end.
Now to complete the project, the library must reverse things. The shiny new north end will be open for all business in the next few months while the south end, still behind a protective wall, will undergo the work it needs. The library will be closed from May 16 to May 23 for this transition to take place. When it opens again, traffic will go through the north door. The space may feel crowded, but people will be assured the library services they expect. It is anticipated that the entire library will reopen in early September.
The Friendshop WILL BE OPEN throughout the second renovation phase--the Friendshop on carts, that is. Patrons will find the customary bargains in desirable books covering many subjects. FOELPL adds books daily, features shelves with books covering special themes or genre, and offers rare books at exceptionally low prices.
FOELPL is grateful that throughout renovation the library has been able to accommodate the Friendshop. FOELPL will keep the shop on carts going with donations they have in hand. However, during this second renovation phase, they will not be able to accept new donations of books or other materials at the library. There simply will be no space for processing them in the crowded south end of the library. This situation is a challenge for FOELPL because they WILL conduct their annual book sale this coming fall as usual. And they WILL need more books.
So in the meantime if you have an urgent need to donate books, contact Friends President Maureen McCabe-Power at 989.798.7775, and FOELPL will arrange to pick up your donation.
The exciting news for FOELPL is that in the new library they will have their own room--a true shop. This will be where the AV room now is, the glass-fronted room that is inside the entry, west of the checkout desk. FOELPL is naming this room "Marsha's Friendshop" in recognition of Marsha Bristor who volunteered her inspiration, knowledge, and countless hours of sheer labor to the Friendshop for nearly two decades until she retired in the summer of 2015.
FOELPL is planning a special event to dedicate Marsha's Friendshop in conjunction with their annual book sale. Mark your calendars now for this event the evening of Friday, October 21, and for the sale on Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23. Used book sales are the main source of income for FOELPL, which funds many programs, materials, and equipment at your East Lansing Public Library.