Armstrong-Spallumcheen’s library is moving.
Early in 2017, the Okanagan Regional Library branch will shift from its existing space in the Askew’s mall to the former video store in the same mall.
“It’s becoming increasingly clear that our current space isn’t meeting all the needs of the community”, said Julie White, community librarian.
In 2015, the branch saw a 75 per cent increase in adult attendance at library workshops and programs, and an increase of 39 per cent for children and teens. Wi-Fi Internet sessions also tripled over the same period while more students are seeking space to work on school group projects.
Options for the branch were reviewed by ORL and David Askew, owner of the mall, and the former video store was identified.
This move will give the branch 700-square-feet more space, an improved layout, and a meeting room.
“Flexible furnishings will mean that close to half the floor space will be able to be used for large programs when needed,” said White.
The Township of Spallumcheen is providing $17,500 to furnish the new space.
“Our entire council sees the value of this move because we know that literacy and learning are an important foundation for success in life,” said Mayor Janice Brown.
ORl is also looking to raise an additional $20,000 to complete the furnishings needed — including shelving, chairs, a front desk and charging technology.
Service groups and the City of Armstrong will be approached, and residents can make tax-deductible donations to the project.
“The way people use the library is evolving. It’s not just about lending books and eBooks anymore. More and more, people look to the library to play a role in advancing learning and creativity,” said Stephanie Hall, ORL chief executive officer.
Renovations to the new space are expected to begin in November.