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Morris public library to get new teen lounge

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 8:48 p.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 9:26 p.m. CST

MORRIS – Teenagers who take advantage of the Morris Area Public Library’s teen section will be doing so in comfort thanks to a grant from the Bowker-Ostrem-Holderman Endowment for Lifelong Learning Fund through the Community Foundation of Grundy County.

“They offer the grant every year [and] we have to apply for it using the theme of lifelong learning,” teen coordinator Rose Nowak said. “Since the teen area has no walls, I wanted it to be more obvious that it is its own section, as well as designing it with teens in mind.”

The Bowker-Ostrem-Holderman Endowment for Life-long Learning Fund was established by the granddaughters of Dr. Frank Bowker to honor their grandfather’s commitment to the Morris library, as well as honoring the years of service of Dr. Bowker’s nurse, Stella Ostrem. The fund is administered by the Community Foundation.

The teen area currently consists of two smaller tables and some desks inherited from the children’s section as a built-in bench under the windows with some pillows placed on it.

The grant is for $5,492.07, which will cover furniture, shelving, a rug and new teen and young adult books.

“I started the process just seeing what was available,” Nowak said. “I looked at the libraries they use in their schools and looked for something fun and comfy.”

The area will be green and black with a love seat and chair, as well as a matching graphic rug and a new sign that reads “Teen & Young Adult” to set the area apart.

The library board Monday discussed suggestions to move the area to the current large print area, but the board voted to leave the teen area in the same location to create a line of sight to the current areas.

“My preference is all sight lines stay the same and leaving it where the young adult area is now,” board member Sue Williams said at the meeting.

The only other decision to be made was which option they would proceed with. One lounge area would be from Pottery Barn and have cloth covers, and the other would be from Demco and feature vinyl coverings.

For durability issues, the board voted to go with the Demco vinyl furniture but said other details would be left up to Nowak, including which rug to pick and what titles to order.

The area should be completed over the summer.

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