The Musser Public Library project has been making great progress and anticipates a summer opening. From repurposed furniture to new uses for the rooms inside, the donated building has seen new life with this project.
The new Musser Library has been made possible in part due to a donation from HNI that amounted to around $5 million. HNI also left many items of furniture for the library to repurpose. This includes their main conference room, which the library has used for board meetings and will allow others to use.
There are four floors in the building. The ground floor will house employees and a mechanical room, with most of the floor being used for books, both nonfiction and fiction. The ground floor will also have a room used for projects and arts and crafts.
The first floor is where most people will enter. This floor will host the large conference room and small reading areas where people can relax and read. There will also be a large children’s area that will have colorful shelving and a play area. The outside will have an outdoor reading garden as well.
The second floor will house multiple office spaces and two small rooms used for meetings. There will be books here as well. The meeting rooms in the building will be free to reserve on a first-come, first-served basis.
The third floor is the top floor. It will have one conference room and will be a place for patrons to relax and read in a casual setting. This floor is planned to house content for young adults.
The library will continue to offer online content as well. With a library card you are eligible to read The New York Times for free, along with many magazines and books, including audiobooks. DVDs and video games will also be available for checkout. Another resource that those with a library card can take advantage of is Internet access and the ability to use laptops in the library via checkout. The laptops may not leave the premises, but they can be used around the building.
A portable stage will also be available, with a new outdoor theater system for use, weather allowing. This new theater system was approved at the April 5 council meeting.
The new building should be open to patrons in June, provided all goes to plan. This will allow for the outdoor theater to be used and possibly for some sort of summer reading program to be offered. The building is located at 408 E. 2nd St., on the south corner of the intersection of Mulberry Avenue and 2nd Street.