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Suggestions Welcomed in Staunton Library Upgrades

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The Staunton Public Library isn't quite meeting the needs of the people, so the city has hired an architectural firm to help reconfigure the space.

Wednesday, the firm met with the public to discuss what they'd like to see improvements on.

The library’s director says the building needs some work.

“This is a 100-year-old building almost. It'll be 100 years in 2016 and it was built as a school,” said Ruth Arnold, the library’s director.

The last time it was renovated was in 1995 when the library moved in.

“There was no way we could anticipate the internet as we know it, the use of cell phones and all sorts of things, wireless,” Arnold said.

The library wants to be in a better position to adapt as times change, and now it needs to hear from the people. So it has a survey for patrons to share their suggestions.

David Pugh, who goes to the library as much as two times a week, says he’d like to see more meeting rooms.

“The library has one large and one smaller room and they stay pretty heavily booked up,” he said.

Retired librarian Suzanne Fisher says she'd like to see a place for teens.

“They have to compete with everybody to use the computer, so it's nice to have a place where teens can be comfortable and meet and work together hopefully,” she said.

Whether it's making better use of the natural light or improving the children's library or seating, fisher says it's about making the space meet the needs of the people. “I think that is the future of libraries more than the things,” she said.

The library hopes to present a design plan to Staunton City Council next spring.

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