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Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Starting in February, the Maze will be offering after-school programs aimed at middle-school students. The students have begun to congregate in the library after school, because there is no other free place for them to hang out.
Since the renovation, circulation is up by 6-9% depending on the month. Peggy hoped it would be up higher, but admits that they are still making minor adjustments and rearranging things.
With limited space, the Maze librarians need to choose their materials carefully. There is little display space, limited to one or two shelves in each area of the library. Popular adult novels are weeded fairly quickly; once they lose their popularity, they are removed to make room for the newer popular materials. The hardest part, says Peggy, is finding space for children's books, particularly picture books. This is because the old books never really lose their popularity (Dr. Seuss, anyone?) but new picture books come out all the time.
However, there are some advantages to the branch library. Located on a quiet street, parking is always easy to find at the Maze. There have been virtually no resident complaints about patrons, especially since librarians have their own parking lot now. Since the Maze is a neighborhood library, the librarians and patrons get to know each other. Everyone is friendly and helpful.