Library Opens New Reading Garden & Accessible Entrance

With the renovation project nearing completion, the New Carlisle-Olive Township Public Library has opened its new accessible entrance and reading garden.

The reading garden is a patio furnished with tables and comfortable seating. It’s the perfect place for getting some fresh air while reading a book or getting some work done on your mobile device. The library’s wireless internet signal is strong on the patio. Roanna Hooton, Adult Service Coordinator says, “I would love to take my work and just sit out there. I think there’s still time for people to enjoy it this fall.” In the spring, newly planted trees will provide some shade for the warmer days. The native gardens surrounding the patio will bring birds, butterflies, and a sense of being surrounded by nature.

Next to the reading garden are five new parking spots, three of which are handicapped. “Anyone can park in the back, but we think the new spots are going to be particularly helpful for those who really struggle with the long ramp at the front of the building,” says Library Director Stephanie Murphy. The parking spots are an easy walk to the newly opened entrance. Inside the door, a mobility scooter is parked and available for anyone who needs it. Entering this way brings people right to large print books and the complete adult collection. A new desk is located nearby, staffed with helpful people who are looking forward to greeting you when you come in the new entrance.

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