A lot of changes are on the horizon for Dodge City Public Library.

Recently the youth department completed the reorganization of its children’s picture books and plans are moving along for renovations to be taking place to make room for the Kansas Heritage Center and USD 443 Administration office.

"Through the generous support of the Arthur and Cornelia Scroggins Foundation Fund, the library adopted a new organization structure for children’s books at the library," said DCPL director Brandon Hines. "Young children rarely come into the library looking for authors, yet that is how library picture books are generally organized.

"More commonly, children are looking for books on topics such as princesses, dinosaurs and Christmas for example.

"During the last weeks of 2017, DCPL staff rearranged the children’s picture book collection by subject, facilitating easy searches of popular topics as well as promoting discovery of new materials.

"This method of organization has grown increasingly popular in libraries and is a variation of what a shopper would find in a bookstore."

The bins holding the picture books are labeled with the topic of the bin on the front of the tub.

There are 294 pins in total holding the pictures book collection.

"Without the $1,400 grant from the Arthur and Cornelia Scroggins Foundation Fund, we would not have been able to organize the entire picture book collection by subject, because we couldn’t afford all of the bins," said Hines. "I anticipated the project would take all of January, but staff from across the organization jumped into action and completed the project in less than a week and in time for the new year."

Hines added that everyone in the community is invited to come in and see the new display.

"I think the colorful bins and books displayed face-out are visually stunning," said DCPL youth services director Rozanna Bennett. "The books are still easy to find, yet facilitate discovery of new books by combining like titles."

Hines indicated that the bids for the renovation proposals are currently out at this time and are due back by Jan. 17.

"Our intention is to commit to a builder at our Feb. 27 board meeting," he said. "The renovation is set to begin in the early fall of this year."

The renovations will be the relocation of the youth department to the lower level which, according to Hines, will increase from approximately 2,800-square feet to around 4,000-4,500-square feet. "The Kansas Heritage Center will be relocated in 2019 from the USD 443 Administration office to the lower level of the library as well," Hines said. "We look at the Kansas Heritage Center space being about 3,000-square feet.

"Bathroom updates will be a big part of the project and we will also create a public entrance on the west side of the building."

For more information or questions on the new renovations or assistance in finding a book or other services, contact or stop in at the library at 1001 N. 2nd Avenue or call 225-0248.

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