Vancleave library receives a $25,000 makeover

VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX) - New is the word of the day at the Vancleave library. Bright new paint, a new air conditioning system, a new roof, and new ceiling tiles.

It also means a new attitude for library staffers. Lisa Landstreet has worked at the library for almost four years.

"We're surrounded by bright colors now and we have more natural light, so it makes it a little bit easier to come in here and have a smile on our face every day," Landstreet said.

That's not all.  The old has been carefully dusted away. The lobby has been spruced up. The front desk has been moved and resurfaced, the children's area is now near the front where parents and staffers can keep an eye on the kids, and a new space for teens has been created, complete with a big screen TV and video game system. You even walk on new carpet.

Rex Bridges is the marketing director for the Jackson-George Regional Library System.  He said these kinds of improvements are needed in today's library environment.

"So it's vital that we keep our facilities as clean and as nice and user-friendly as we possibly can," Bridges said.

One of the goals of this library makeover in Vancleave is to get rid of the image of the library as a tame, staid place. Make it a more fun place to be, a place people really want to go.

"It's very important that we have a fresh look, that we have fresh materials, we have the latest technology because that's what they are looking for and that's what will attract them to come in," Branch Manager Yvonne Parton said.

Library officials are hoping that coming into the Vancleave library in the future will mean more than just checking out a book, it will mean a fulfilling multi-media experience.

The library was closed for about three weeks while the work was being done.   The total price tag for the renovation work in Vancleave was about $25,000, with the money provided by the Jackson County.

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