I can tell you, it was an exciting find. Different ones looked very closely at the pictures and discovered some of the original furniture, we not only still have, but use.
Picture 1: If you look closely at the rocking chair located between the pillars, you may recognize it as the one that's been on the children's floor. Also, check out the desk, it's the same one we've been using until this remodel. It has been carefully disassembled and moved to a safe spot to be used later. Did you realize that built into each end of the checkout desk were card catalogs? Also, note the shelving unit to the right of the pillar. We use them to put our new 14-day books on. The three legged stool the librarian is sitting on has been up in the office for a long time.
Picture 2: Another view of the rocking chair. See that huge table they're sitting around? We still have both of them. In fact, they're going to get refinished while we're being renovated. Take a close look at the fireplace. Yes, they're actually burning wood in it. Now that, I'd love to have, but alas, sorry no can do.
In the last picture, to the right a bit, there is a small desk. We believe it's the same one that Laura's been using in the Reference Room / Computer Lab area. Of course, the pillars are still here. They will remain after the renovation, as will the fireplaces. And of course, we'll put the furniture back in, at different locations, but they'll still continue to grace the original Carnegie library.
We think it's wonderful to find that many of the things that make this library special is still in use today.
Nostalgia aside, we've been hard at work getting things packed and ready to move.
A couple of weeks ago, some Foreign exchange students came and worked for about one and a half hours. They were able to get 148 boxes moved before we closed.
Lynda Mills, girl in the back,
Matthew Johnson, boy in green hoodie
Natalie Zhu, girl in front
Alan Lin, boy in gold coat
Simon Oberdorfer, boy in blue coat & green hat.
Julie Johnson, not seen, (photographer and adult who brought them, she helped too.)
Along with Director Maryann Farnham, Mike Rasor and Terri.
Some of the Peru Athletic team and Jag members came on Friday, Dec 5th. They were here from around 8:30 to around 2:00. They moved around 500 boxes, some chairs, tables and a few other things. Their coach and bus driver helped some as well. When we get pics, we'll share them.
Our final day at 102 E. Main St. will be this Saturday, Dec. 13th. We'll be closed after that. The Golden Guard will be coming when they get out of school on Monday, Dec. 15th to help pack up the boxes that are still on the shelves.
The movers will be here on Thursday, Dec. 18th to finish moving the rest of the boxes, desks, etc.
Our Grand Opening at the temporary facility will be Monday, Jan. 5th.
It will be different to say the least.
I must say it's been a very different time here at the library, but for the most part it has gone smoothly. It has been interesting and we're glad to have been a part of it.