Saturday, February 7, 2015

Beaverton Residents Welcome Expanded Murray Scholls Branch Library

Following a brief renovation and expansion this winter, the Beaverton City Library Murray Scholls Branch is once again open! Visitors will enjoy an additional 5,000 feet of space dedicated exclusively for children and their families. This 80% increase in square footage includes a large new room for young kids and families to participate in storytimes, performances, and other lively activities. It also allowed for the re-purposing of existing space for teens featuring more study tables and an erasable IdeaPaint wall where they can show-off their creativity. Although all major construction is now over, the Branch looks forward to moving new furniture, decor, and technology into the library in the coming months.
Of course, more room also means more programming for the Beaverton community. The Branch is thrilled to announce additional storytimes for 1-year-olds, toddlers, preschoolers, and families. Other special programs to get excited about this spring include Make It Mondays for grades 3-8, WOW Wednesdays for ages 3-8, among others. Teen programs and events also continue to grow, as will the selection of young adult fiction and graphic novels in the teen book collection.

A few thoughts from Branch Manager, John Finn:

  • Between January 24 and 28 staff processed nearly 12,000 holds for local patrons.
  • The new children's room opened on January 31 and the full library reopening followed on February 1.
  • Within the first four-days of opening staff in the new children's room answered over 140 reference questions!
  • Our shelves are emptying out while families are enjoying having more room to browse.
  • Many people have commented on how much they love the new children's room, the additional and redesigned space and especially all of the new experiences these changes now offer for them to explore!