If you’ve been to Steele Memorial Library recently you may be wondering why some of the shelves are bare.
We spoke to Director Ronald Shaw who says the library is weeding out some of the outdated books to make room for a new teen space set to open by the end of the April.
Shaw says the space will feature computers, and other audio/visual equipment for teens to use to watch movies or play games.
“There are limited options for teens to go and to enjoy themselves and in my opinion be in a safe environment without being judged. 20% at least of our circulation is teen material so obviously we have a demand and we just want to reciprocate with giving them a place to come and interact with each other,” Director of Chemung County Library District Ronald Shaw said.
Any books Steele Memorial decides to get rid of will be given to the Friends of the Library organization that helps support projects and initiatives within the library.
Steele Memorial Library will be closed Friday and Saturday January 11 and 12 as employees continue to weed through and reorganize the book collection. Construction on the teen space is set to begin in February.