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Posted on: January 9, 2023

Children's Remodel FAQs

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From January through May 2023, the Children's Department will be undergoing a remodel. During this time, Children's will be located in the Curiosity Lab on the main floor. Read on to learn more about this exciting development. Thank you for your patience as we create an even better space for our community! 

Children’s Remodel FAQs

Where will Children’s materials be during construction?

The Children’s Department will temporarily be moving to the Curiosity Lab (formerly the Computer Lab). This space is located in the southeast corner of the main floor. From the front entrance, take a left, walk past the vending machines, and take another left by the “doodled” glass windows.  

When will construction start?

Starting Friday, January 13, the upstairs space will be closed to the public and the Children’s Library will be relocated to the main floor. Construction will officially begin on January 16, 2023. The upstairs Children’s space will be off-limits during the entire construction period.

When is the estimated completion?

The project’s estimated completion is June 2023; however, this is subject to change depending on material availability and other construction variables.

What’s going to change?

The new space will be modern, bright, creative, and, most importantly, accessible for all! After many years of memory-making at the library, the pirate ship of the 1990s will be sailing away. We’re excited to have a new feature piece, Myra’s Treehouse! (Special thank you to the Myra Foundation for making the Treehouse possible through your generosity.) We’re so excited to share more details of the nature-inspired space soon.

Are you selling the ship?

Because the ship will have to be deconstructed before removing from the library, we will not be selling it. Also, it was built into the wall of the library so it is not a stand-alone piece.

Will Children’s programming still happen?

Yes, Children’s programming will continue to be offered, just in different spaces throughout the library. We’ll continue to host Storytimes in the upstairs conference room (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 10 a.m.). Other programs such as Chess Club, Drop-In LEGO, READ Dogs, and more will be spread throughout the library.

Why are there such few books in the catalog?

In order to fit the space available during construction, we have “suppressed” some of our records, or hidden them from our online catalog. Don’t worry—these items are not gone for good! We simply cannot access them while they’re in storage. We will keep a portion of our physical collection in the mini Children’s Library downstairs.

What other options are available?

ILLs, or Inter-Library Loans, are an alternative option for patrons to borrow items from another library. Within our online catalog, you can choose to “Expand Your Search” to include “All ODIN Libraries” using the dropdown. From there, you can click the Place Request button and follow the prompts. When the book is ready to check out we will send you an email or letter in the mail. Learn more about Requesting an ILL.

We also offer several free online resources to the community. Libby allows you to access thousands of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more for adults and kids. Kanopy is an on-demand video streaming platform. Creativebug is an online collection of thousands of streaming art and crafts classes. These are just a few of our many free online resources. Learn more.

How do I use Libby?

Libby is super easy to use! All you need is your library card and a device (such as a smartphone, tablet, or computer) to access it. Learn more about getting started with Libby, and feel free to give our librarians a call if you have any questions (701-772-8116).

Can I use the slide?

The slide will not be in use during construction. For the safety of all, construction zones are off-limits.

Can I use the upstairs family restrooms?

Yes, we will leave access open to the upstairs family restrooms. Also, if you need a private space to nurse a baby or pump, we invite you to try our new lactation room! Please ask staff for access.

Where are the toys?

In order to make space for materials to check out, we have had to put away some of our regular toys during the construction period. These will return upon opening the new space. Thank you for your patience!

Why are you renovating? 

In 2020, we renovated the main floor of the library to create a modern, bright, welcoming space. The Children’s Department was not updated at the same time, so now it’s time to update this space. (Much of it hasn’t been updated for several decades—it’s certainly time!) The library is often the first place a child falls in love with reading and learning. We want to spark imagination and bring the “playground for curious minds” to life. Our community deserves a creative, welcoming space like this!

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