Moving day coming for PdC library

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The front desk area of Prairie du Chien's new state-of-the-art library depicts the sophisticated feel that the entire facility now has, thanks to the warm and rich colors and textures of the woodwork, paint, light fixtures, carpeting and other finishes. (Photos by Correne Martin)

It was easy to see Tuesday that the final touches are being done inside the new library, involving mainly cleaning. This picture looks down the hallway between the teen and adult spaces. The library is tentatively slated to open Oct. 15.

Standing inside the front entry, patrons can walk straight (to the right in this photo) to access the checkout desk, left to enter the children's library, right to enter the adult and teen space, or take an immediate left and open another door to enter the meeting room, which is open after hours by appointment.

This counter is in vicinity of the children's library.

The large children's library area, meant to accommodate a large number of visitors for children's programming.

Exterior landscaping is about the last task that needs to be done around the new library. Here is the front entryway.

Parker's parking lot is being prepped for public and library patron parking behind the new library. Entrance to the lot will be off Beaumont Road. The library is in the background here.

For months, the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library has been waiting to return to its home at 125 S. Wacouta Ave. Tentatively, on Oct. 5, at 5 p.m., the temporary location at St. John’s school will be closing. Then, the newly-renovated facility will open its doors to patrons on Monday, Oct. 15.

To make the conversion, the library (both locations) will be closed, Oct. 6-14, in order to make the move. 

The good news is, with the extended closure in mind, the library staff and board encourage everyone to come in and check out a ton of books and materials. Not only will you be helping them out, but there’s also no limit, so you will be able to check out as many books as you wish. 

A two-week amnesty period will be offered in order to help with the potential confusion surrounding the move. During this time, no fines will be charged for late materials no matter when they were checked out. The amnesty period is slated for Oct. 15-29. 

A book drop will be available at the St. John’s location for patrons who wish to drop off their books during the closure.

Additionally, volunteers will be needed to assist with the early stages of the move, so if you have a moment to spare, please stop by or give the library a call at 326-6211. With the advance notice, they’ll be able to better coordinate tasks. At this time, they will need volunteers Monday, Oct. 8 through Wednesday, Oct. 10, to help get the procedure started.

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