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Mount Prospect Public Library

Lone in on Mount Prospect Public Library’s new Second Floor.

Located at 10 S. Emerson St., the library relied on community and patron insights for a recent update of the building’s Second Floor.

“The new Second Floor is zoned for a variety of activities,” said Dale Heath, Research Services department head. Patrons interested in quiet study, small group meetings, computer use, or a chat over a cup of coffee now have spaces that meet their needs. A dedicated Teen area offers this age group a place to study, read, play games, and more.

Features of the renovated Second Floor include:

• Seven additional meeting rooms, including five study rooms and two conference rooms to accommodate individuals and small groups.

• The Mount Prospect Public Library Foundation conference room is wired for audio-visual needs and may be rented by small businesses.

• A café vending area for a drink or a quick snack.

• Teens get a spot of their own with the Teen collection close by.

• Quiet and moderate noise areas allow all patrons to effectively use the Library for collaborative study or individual work. Even the computer areas will be zoned for different activities.

“Patrons have been asking for more meeting space as well as areas that can accommodate a range of activities,” said Heath. “We also know that teens need their own space, but that they come to the Library to use other services, as well.”

What has not changed? The Second Floor is still bright, open, cheerful, and welcoming. Staff continues to be available on multiple service desks, helping patrons with everything from finding a great novel or biography to guiding them through the use of Web resources on genealogy, car repair, investments and more, to assisting with a job search.

On the first floor, Youth Services is planning an exciting and innovating

STEAM programming in the Discovery Zone, as well as materials and services for early readers and children with special needs.

“The Library’s mission of bringing our community the services and collections they need will always remain,” said Library Executive Director Marilyn Genther.

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