Southern Indiana Living

JAN-FEB 2019

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Jan/Feb 2019 • 33 ty "raw." She explained that the county had worked on it some, but it was still fairly messy. "But really, from that very first walkthrough, ideas formed and I be- gan to envision how the rooms could be utilized," she said. The project took two years to com- plete, but it wasn't as easy as HGTV makeover programs make it look. Since the house is a historical landmark, im- provements had to be limited. The inte- rior walls had to remain intact, so they were cleaned and painted and remain in their original position. There were other areas of the house that had already been upgraded and added onto, and the library staff could bring those sections up to code. "Once we had the idea of where things could sit, there wasn't a lot of movement," Merida said. "My desire was that we really married the past with the present, making it adaptable for the fu- ture. Somehow figuring out how to hon- or the history of the community and the house and not lose that was important. I believe we accomplished that." The staff utilized as many of the old pieces of the house as possible. If these items weren't functional, then they were used as décor. In the restrooms, the old original windows hang on the wall. "They're pretty rough," Merida said, "but they're just as they were when they came off the house." An old screen door from the house was reshaped to form a frame around the television in the main room. The house evokes a cozy, inviting atmosphere, with several areas designed with specific needs in mind. The reading room, complete with overstuffed chairs and a fireplace, allows patrons to sit back, relax and enjoy their favorite books. There's a conference room where com- munity groups can converge for an after- noon. Children will delight in the fact that the library has a room complete with toys, games and colorful picture books. And those with a creative streak will be thrilled with the makerspace room. "We wanted to create a makerspace that is not so bound by time constraints," Merida said. They want the area to be based around the concept of exploratory learning. "We'll tell you the safety rules, we'll show you the basics of how to turn on the equipment and how to get started. After that, it's kind of learning by doing." The makerspace is a playroom for adults. The space includes a laser cutter that can be used with wood, lathe, plastic, metal and slate. A Cricut machine is ready and waiting to help patrons make master- pieces from balsa wood, fabric or vinyl. There's also an electronic soldering sta- tion, a sewing machine and a 3D printer. Merida is pleased with the positive response they're receiving from the com- munity about the digital library. "The at- tendance keeps increasing and we are de- lighted with the creative ways community members are using our library. It's their li- brary, and we want them to know they're always welcome here." • The Galena Digital Library is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Friday and Saturday at 6956 U.S. 150, at the corner of 150 and Edwardsville- Galena Road. For more information, go to naf- e reading room at the library

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