Library To Add Space, Computers

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The Fruitland Park Library on Berckman St. is about to expand.

Fruitland Park — Fruitland Park City Commissioners held a special meeting Thursday night to approve a plan to expand the Fruitland Park Library on Berckman St. at a cost of $250,000.

Mayor Chris Bell said funding for the project will come from Lake County Library Impact Fees. Commissioners approved an Inter-Local Library Agreement to qualify for the funding.

Library Director Jo-Ann Glendinning said she applied for the funds more than three months ago and was notified last week that funding should begin in October. Lake County Commissioners are expected to approve the Agreement in August.

“This is a great deal for the City,” Mayor Bell said. “The library really needs the space, and the expansion will be paid for from fees Lake County collects from developers,” he said.

Glendinning said she plans to begin soliciting bids from architects within the next 30 days.

The expansion will add approximately 1,100 square feet of space to the 7,000-square foot library facility and includes purchase of seven laptop computers and additional audio-visual equipment.

Glendinning said the new space will be used for library programs including computer classes, Children’s Story Time, AARP Tax Aid sessions, Book and Chess Club meetings and Friday Afternoon Movies.

Glendinning said the library has outgrown its current program room, which only seats about 25 people.

“Library patrons have learned not to visit on Wednesday mornings when we have Children’s Story Time because the main library room is packed with up to 40 children,” Glendinning said.

For more information contact the Fruitland Park Library at 352-360-6561.

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