What’s going on with the Edge?
As you are probably aware, the Edge has been closed since we moved the public computers back into the main part of the library several months ago and has not been used specifically as a space for teens for over a year. So, when is it going to open back up? That’s been the question we’ve been debating behind the scenes for a while. The short answer is that we’re looking at reopening The Edge sometime in October. That being said, there are still a slew details and minutiae to work out.
This long time period without The Edge, while disheartening for our teens and our Teen Team, is providing us with an opportunity to examine the needs of our teens, determine how to best provide service in The Edge, and possibly make some changes. I am working with the Teen Team (Jenn Grammer, Kody Stadler, & LeAnn Brungardt) and Co. to craft a service plan to meet the needs of our teens. Once decisions have been made about the new service plan and a reopening timeline has been finalized, we will pass those updates on to you.
Related to this, we are currently working on an updated Facilities Master Plan with HTK Architects. Areas that will be addressed include the Kids Library and the Wings. Nothing will happen to these areas until 2023 at the earliest. We are discussing possibly bringing the teen space back into the main part of the building. These next couple of years will help us understand what services we want to provide, the space we need, and how to best utilize The Edge. We will update you as this project progresses.