Oak Creek Public Library gearing up for big move
The past few months have been busy for South Routt Library District Manager Debbie Curtis, but it’s also an exciting time as the library moves to a new location in Oak Creek.
“We have approximately 9,500 items in this library, including DVDs, audiobooks, and physical books,” Curtis said. “We have a total of eight computers that are moved, and we’re busy, busy.”
The District Library Board bought the old Let’s Dance building at 117 E. Main St. in early July, and now, five months later, the real move is taking place. The library’s current location at 227 Dodge Street will be closed from December 13 to 26 at least.
“I am very excited,” Curtis said. “People keep asking us when we’re going to be there, and it’s good that we’re almost there.”
The library plans to use the first floor of the building while continuing to rent the upstairs office space to help cover part of the library’s running costs. She said the move was necessary because the library had grown too big for the space she had been renting for years.
“When we’re closed for those two weeks, people can go to Yampa to pick up books and return books,” Curtis said. “We’re going to keep our drop box at 227 Dodge Street, and we’ll check it every day for people who return things. “
The Yampa Public Library is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday.
If all goes well, Curtis is hoping the Oak Creek Public Library will be in his new home soon after Santa places presents under the Christmas tree on December 25.
Several community organizations including Soroco High School National Honor Society, Eagles Watchers, High Country Homeschoolers, and South Routt Friends of the Libraries, as well as a few library patrons, have already helped with the move, and Curtis already has 22. volunteers. signed up to wrap boxes from December 11-12.
More volunteers are needed to help unpack the boxes and put the books on the shelves. Anyone interested in helping can call 970-736-8371.
The exact unpacking dates will depend on a Denver company that will dismantle the shelves used at the current location and reassemble them in the new library.
“It’s a special company that comes in from Denver to move the shelves,” Curtis said. “There are so many coins and pieces in the library shelves. It’s a two-day process with two men, and they’ll load all the shelves and put them in the new location.
Conroy Moving & Storage will load and move boxes starting December 14, and Curtis is hoping the shelves can be moved by December 17.
South Routt Library Board Vice-Chair Janet Panebaker believes the library’s new location will improve its programming.
“We are really excited about the new programs in the new library and the huge difference in visibility on Main Street,” said Panebaker. “We are so relieved and delighted to be in the new location.
“We have a series of monthly programs – the last one was astronomy, and we have a dance program coming up – so this new location will give us the opportunity to sort of show off some of the things we do with our library,” “she added.
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