LIVONIA – Finishing the extensive renovations to Livonia Public Library’s building and grounds coincides with a huge increase in library usage.
According to a press release from Senator Catherine Young, visits to the library are up 42 percent over the same time last year, and folks are taking out five times as many library cards.
“It’s a vibrant community center in the truest sense,” said Livonia Library Director Frank Sykes. “It’s a place that contains untapped ideas, conversations not yet had, relationships not yet made. It is a library full of opportunities and potential. We are grateful to Senator Young for helping us realize our vision and for her unparalleled dedication to the people in this community. We are fortunate to have such a determined advocate.”
The renovation and expansion project added more than 7,000 square feet to the library’s original 2,400-square-foot building and extensively renovated the existing space. Since reopening, the library has been able to expand valuable resources and programs that were limited by space constraints in the past, including its children’s Story Time hours; after-school Makerspace programs; free community seminars and lectures, public use computers and more, with additional new programs currently in development.
Young toured the Livonia Public Library to view the transformation. She secured $350,000 in state funding for the expansion and improvements which included a redesigned children’s library, a community event space, new public use computers and an outdoor reading garden.
“The Livonia Library has been transformed into a beautiful, expansive and functional facility that has quickly become a thriving community hub and indispensable resource, not only for book borrowing, but for digital access and learning, research, cultural events, children’s programming and more,” said Young. “With a 42 percent increase in visitors, it is clear that local residents have embraced the new library and all the additional opportunities the expansion has made possible. As it celebrates its 100th anniversary, this beloved landmark has new life and is ready to serve this community for generations to come.”