Lubbock's Library System Reaches a Milestone - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/17/04

Lubbock's Library System Reaches a Milestone

The Lubbock Public Library System turned 50 on Saturday, but the hub of the libraries is due for a change.

Built in the aftermath of the devastating tornado that hit Lubbock in 1970, the Mahon Library will experience a revamp of its own. In May, voters approved a bond election to renovate it.

"In the next few years, we'll be finalizing our plans to make it more colorful, change the floor plan, make it more customer friendly," explains Jane Clausen, the system's director who has worked for Lubbock libraries for almost 30 years.

The Mahon Library will experience a much needed facelift unlike any other, a master plan to make the home of thousands of books shine.

"There will be all new furnishings, new carpet, the walls will have more art work on the walls, and then the reference desk will be more colorful with better signage," she says.

The plan is to modernize the first floor with an eye-catching motif that families will enjoy. Darlene Durham's Saturday ritual includes weekly visits to Mahon with her granddaughter Madison. She has a few suggestions that would improve the area she spends her time in: the children's section.

"More tables, more room over here, bigger area where they can relax and just read their books with their parents or grandparents," she says.

Clausen explains that big changes are planned for that area.

"There (will be) more art work and a lot more color," she says as she points at a vivid sketch of the new children's section.

She says the new look will provide a pleasant atmosphere for children and their families.

"The citizens deserve a nice library where they can bring their kids," she says.

And a place that will continue to plant seeds for the love of books.

"I want to check all my favorite books," exclaims Madison.

$2 million will be used to fund the renovations. Library committees are working to finalize plans so that the changes can get underway in the next few years.

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