Westlake Porter Library announces building upgrades – Morning Journal

Westlake Porter Public Library27333 Center Ridge Road, announced a series of improvement projects in and around the library aimed at providing new services to the community as well as improving the visitor experience.

The plans are the result of the strategic and space planning process the library completed in 2021, including solicited community feedback at public sessions and through surveys, according to a press release.

The plans include an outdoor programming pavilion and the renovation of study and collaboration spaces in the adult services department, including two new study rooms that can accommodate up to four people each, according to the release.

Construction costs are $900,000 with, to date, $160,000 coming from donations, according to the release.

The project will be funded by the Library’s Permanent Improvement Fund, the statement said.

The Outdoor Programming Pavilion will provide additional space for all types of outdoor programming and events.

It will officially be named the Friends of Porter Public Library in honor of their 50th anniversary.

The Friends generously donated $100,000 to the project, according to the statement.

The former Benchmark Collection alcove in the adult services area will be renovated to create a more welcoming study space with new carpets, lighting and furniture while taking in the view from the large floor-to-ceiling windows, the statement said. .

The “Cozy Space” is made possible by a $50,000 donation to honor a longtime patron, who is the donors’ mother, according to the statement.

The names of the donors and the person honored will be published once the space is completed.

Two small group study rooms will be added in the adult services area.

One of the study rooms will be named in honor of Janet and Ted Snider thanks to a $10,000 donation from their family, according to the release.

Other projects the library is working on this fall include converting the old cafe into a creative space and opening the second floor to the public.

A dedicated makerspace will bring together the library’s collection of maker resources, including 3D printers and file transfer machines (VHS films and slides in digital format) as well as the addition of new services such as a recording booth A/V and equipment for craft cutting and making personalized t-shirts.

Opening the second floor to the public will provide additional meeting rooms and mezzanine seating, allowing ratepayers to make more use of the building.

“We are very excited about these library upgrades and improvements based on community feedback on our strategic and space planning projects,” said Library Manager Andrew Mangels. , in the press release. “We are proud to be your nationally recognized 5-star library and believe these projects will help us provide even better service to this community.”

Groundbreaking ceremonies will be held at the library at 4:30 p.m. on September 25.