SIDNEY — What a difference a year makes! The $4.85 million dollar facility expansion and renovation project on the Amos Memorial Public Library located in Sidney was completed in 2017,” said Executive Director Suzanne Cline. “The nearly 12,000 square foot addition is located to the north and includes new space for Children’s, Teen, Technology and Community. The project, which began in April, 2016, was mostly complete by mid-summer. The Library held a huge open house and business after hours in August, showcasing the newly finished project.
Shelby County Libraries Executive Director Suzanne Cline has been thrilled with the response from those visiting the facility.
“I couldn’t be happier with the results of the project. Ferguson Construction, Area Energy and Electric and Regal Plumbing did a fantastic job making sure the project remained on target. Visitors, and those utilizing the new spaces have offered nothing but positive comments.”
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The space provides a Community Room, with seating for up to 135, all new Teen space, a Technology lab and all new Children’s area. Also included in the newly expanded and renovated building is a STEM/Makerspace, new location for Genealogy, three small study rooms, a Conference Room, and a beautiful new Art Gallery.
New in 2017, the Library added Reference USA to its database services. This online product is a marketing tool, providing numerous ways for businesses and individuals to search demographic information for a wide range of uses. The service is free of charge and adds to numerous online services the library is now providing. The Library continues to provide services on the website, www.shelbyco.lib.oh.us, including the Ohio Digital Library and HOOPLA, which also provide downloads for e-books and audio books as well music and some movies. The website also houses connections to databases such as Mango Languages, Auto Repair, and Consumer Reports, all of which are provided free of charge to anyone with a Shelby County Libraries card. In house, the Library provides books, movies, and music materials for all ages. As a service to our patrons who are unable to leave their homes due to health or other related issues, the Library also provides a Home-Bound delivery program. Other programs and services include Storytimes, Family Fun nights, Monday Movies, Teen Café, Tween programs, the Ohio Water Color Show, Inter Library Loan Services, access to Ancestry database and much, much more.
Shelby County Libraries offers opportunities for personal growth and life-long exploration in a vibrant and welcoming space vital to Community Life. The Library has locations throughout the county in Anna, Botkins, Fort Loramie, Jackson Center, Sidney and Russia.