Even though the Central library is closed, the library continues to provide services.

Whittier Public Library
 
Sue Settlage, Vice President of Fundraising for WPL Foundation and Chair of the Renovation Campaign
 
Even though the Central library is closed, the library continues to provide services.  People can still use the library.
 
Go online to request a book. Pick up at The Depot or Whittwood Branch curbside.
Can still get a library card online.
E-books, magazines, databases, films all available online.
Reference desk is still staffed by librarians at The Depot or Whittwood Branch.
“We’re still here!,” Diana Hara, Library Administration.
Library pop up still goes out to different sites throughout the community.  “Rec and Read” at different parks.
 
“The library needs to change with the times,” Sue Settlage, WPL Foundation President
 
1959 library opened. Washington Avenue was designed as the main entrance.
 
It will be big enough because we can do a lot more electronically.
 
Taking it down to the studs so everything will go. Square footage will increase slightly, mostly on the second floor and on the bottom floor in the community Nixon room. 
 
More services –
More room in the Children’s area
More technology
We need to keep up and keep them reading.
Expand our possibilities for programming for all ages – 100+ capacity in the Nixon room – more than double the current space.
 
Barefoot Boy and his pond will be protected and remain in its current location.
 
More study space in the young adult area.
Small meeting room space upstairs – up to 15 people.
Expand much of the computer area for young adults
 
Maker space will include a 3D printer.
More staff offices upstairs.
 
Updated Veteran’s Resource Center – twice the size it is now in an actual room
More ADA accessible
 
The City is building the building, but the Foundation wants to make it a welcoming space that is current and people can come and use the resources and technology that is available.
Foundation is trying to raise a lot more money. Attractive furnishings.
$1.5 million needed to raise
Events coming up:
What’s cooking – 5 chefs
Author series – Q & A zoom
July and August – outdoor family event planned
If you have fond memories of the WPL, the Foundation is looking for personal donors to help contribute.
More cultural programs with music and dance
 
Booktoberfest – hope to hold it in October
 
Donor wall - $500 first level – name on the wall  suesettlage@gmail.com
Naming areas
 
Expected opening February, 2022
Raising money through December, 2021
 
Janice Hahn and Bob Archuleta funding
 
How to keep up with the events that are upcoming
Get on the mailing list
Foundation website
 
Foundation provides programs (entertainers and authors) Want to provide programs that people are looking for. Whittier is changing and we want to include everyone.  Anyone who makes a contribution of $50 or more will become a member of the WPL Foundation.
 
Libraries enhance a community and our library makes Whittier a better place to live. Brings people together.
 
Looking for young families