When you drive by the Library’s new Orange Branch, 7171 Gooding Boulevard, you’re likely to see librarians busy at work getting ready for the Branch’s first day of business on Sunday, May 15th at 12:00. Thousands and thousands of books, DVDs, magazines, and audio books for children, teens and adults have been delivered and continue to be delivered to the branch and they all have to find their way to the proper shelf so that you can find them.
We’re also setting up dozens of computers for public and staff, and making sure that the Internet and the Library’s catalog are up and running. As with the Delaware Branch, the Orange Branch will also have Envisionware installed, software for computer time management and print management for the public computers, and staff are ensuring that it functions as it should, too.
You will also find two self-check-out computers at the Orange Branch, a service that is new to us and one that will be introduced at other Library locations in the near future. Two other services that we are introducing at the Orange Branch are self pick-up of holds and a drive-up window. While these library services have been around for a few years, with the passage of the Library levy in 2009 that made the construction of the new branch possible, we are able to add them to the long list of services that we currently provide. Because the services are new to us, we are taking great care to make sure everything works well for you.
I am exceptionally proud of the new Orange Branch, but I more proud of the Herculean efforts that the Library staff has put forth for the last 15 months, to be ready for the Branch’s opening, through design, construction, and, now, the final million or so details that need to be attended to. To a person, the staff of the Library has found their daily tasks increased to make the Orange Branch one that we all can be proud of.