The Youth Department at WPL is about to undergo some exciting and significant changes!
In the initial phase of our renovation project, we're shifting the youth department to the left, expanding it to encompass the entire back half of the first-floor stack area. We're also creating a partition wall to separate it from the front section of the library and installing two new windows to bring more natural light into the space.
Future phases will include the addition of a kids' play area beneath the first-floor stairwell, a window in the new youth programming space (formerly The Hive), and refreshing the furniture and carpeting in the youth department.
In this same phase, we're erecting a prefab glass wall to enclose the second-floor teen department. We're also collaborating with student artists from Waterloo's Youth Art Team to craft unique art pieces for installation in this newly defined space.
To prepare for these enhancements, we've temporarily relocated the Youth Department to the library's meeting rooms. Meanwhile, the adult fiction collection has found its permanent home in the front part of the library, located to the right of the main entrance.
We are grateful for the funding that has made these renovations possible, with contributions from the Friends of the Waterloo Public Library, the McElroy Trust, the Guernsey Foundation, the Waterloo Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, the Black Hawk County Gaming Association, the Otto Schoitz Foundation, and our library endowment funds.