We are thrilled to inform you that the expansion and renovations at our Meijer Branch library have begun. The Jackson District Library officially broke ground on an 8,500 square foot addition to its existing Meijer Branch at 2699 Airport Road, Jackson, MI on Friday, May 31, at 10:00 a.m. The new addition will feature a dedicated space for teens, quiet study/tutoring rooms, a digital media studio, 23 more computers and a Book Store to be operated by the library’s Friends. Renovation of the existing structure will include exciting spaces for young children and families and a meeting space that can accommodate up to 200 people for library and community events.
Built in 1983, the Meijer Branch has become the busiest branch in the Jackson District Library system, next only to the Carnegie Library in downtown Jackson. There have been no additions or modifications to it since it was first built. It has no dedicated space for hosting popular library events such as story times for children, yoga lessons for seniors, and rock music concerts for young adults. Several events during our annual Summer Reading Program routinely attract more than 100 attendees. There is a lack of comfortable seating and no space to expand collections in the multiple formats that the library now has to purchase materials.
Over the past 30 years, there have been significant changes in the world of public libraries and how residents use them. Public libraries have now grown into community destinations showcasing the latest in information technology while serving as comfortable reading areas and gathering places for the community. Community members offered several suggestions during 2 public visioning sessions held earlier this summer.
The renovation/expansion of the Meijer Branch is estimated to cost $2.7 million. The library will use funds from its reserves and contributions from the general public to finance this project.
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