Read On! Improving Your Library

As you may know, the voters of Pryor are allowing the City to extend a bond that will fund a new police/fire station, library additions and renovations, as well as many other projects. Your library staff is so excited about our portion of this bond money! It gives us the unique ability to carry out the vision of the library we helped form in the Comprehensive Plan.

The biggest need we identified is more space for people to gather, study, and be comfortable in the library. The bond money will help us meet that need with the addition of a large meeting room that can be divided into two rooms and will be accessible to groups after hours. We’ll also get four study rooms. The new meeting room will be on the far east side of the building and the study rooms will be on the south side outside the adult computer lab.

As we have been allowed to add staff back, our second need became apparent. We need more space for staff to work behind the scenes, take their breaks and meals, and store their belongings. This need will be met with an addition to and remodel of our current office area. We will get a new, functional kitchen (the current one has plumbing issues), work areas for projects that need uninterrupted attention, and a new break area.

Our third addition will have the potential for dual use. We’re getting a special room that can act as a “Makerspace” – a space for patrons to make things – and additional storage/workspace for staff. The “maker” portion will house equipment for patrons to use. (We’re thinking a sewing machine and 3D printer to start.) The details of this third space are still forming, but we love the potential it has.

If you’d like to see architectural drawings of where the additions will be, we’ve got them at the front desk. We’d love to share them with you!