More volunteers needed for new, larger library

More volunteers needed for new, larger library
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) - The new Independence County Library is almost complete in Batesville. It will soon be located in the Barnett Building on Main Street.

The staff is preparing for the big move and thinking about the larger need for volunteers that a bigger facility creates.

Right now, the library has about seven volunteers that come in regularly, according to Library Office Manager Janet Swaim.

That works for the current space, but the new library is nearly four times as big.

"We have tasks that are like shelving," Swaim said. "But we also have tasks that are just like sit-down jobs and especially when we have our storytimes going, they can help prepare the crafts for that."

The volunteers are mainly there to help library patrons find books or use computers as well as monitoring activity.

"We have several different departments [in the new building] that will be separated from each other so there's a lot more space, area-wise, to cover," Swaim said. "We have a teen department that's going to be upstairs in the mezzanine so that's going to be quite a ways from the circulation desk so we're going to need people to help monitor that and then, of course, our children's department and we have the computer lab that is also upstairs, separated from the circulation staff, so we will need people to monitor that."

People interested in volunteering can go up to the library to fill out an application.

Their current location is set to close on May 7 to prepare for the move.

"We are going to cut off checkouts of DVDs and CDs tomorrow, the 20th, and we need those back before we close," Swaim said. "But books they can come up through May 6 and they can check out as many as 20 items and we ask that they keep those for as long as the library's closed."

The new library is expected to open in early June.

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