The Cameron Village Regional Library is reopening Saturday after being closed for two months of renovations.
The branch, which gets about 7,000 visitors weekly, is the largest in Wake County and one of the busiest. It closed Aug. 1 for a $470,000 refresh that included updates to worn out carpet and spaces, as well as minor adjustments to the layout to make the space more useful for modern library-goers.
On Saturday, the branch will celebrate the opening with several events including a raffle, a caterpillar-themed craft and a family story time.
The updates include new computers and standing desks that double as laptop charging stations, said Robert Lambert, the Cameron Village branch manager. Staff also slimmed down the print reference section and moved shelves away from the building’s window-lined front wall, allowing for more seating and collaboration space.
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“They’re all brand new computers,” Lambert said. “They look really nice. I think people are going to enjoy the bigger screens.”
Wake spent $4 million in 2006 to renovate the Cameron Village Regional Library, which opened during the 1980s. During that project, workers doubled the library’s space and brightened up the interior with new windows and airy spaces.
The nearly 35 full-time and part-time employees at the library branch had been assigned to other sites during the renovation, Lambert said.
In addition to the new spaces for adults, the children’s room got several upgrades including the removal of a seldom-used stage area to allow for bigger groups and more interaction, and a reorganization of the picture book section.
“It was sort of a labyrinth and it was hard to tell where the alphabet began and where it ended,” Lambert said.
He said the facility needed an upgrade because libraries aren’t just places people come to read books anymore. They are places to meet and collaborate.
More seating near the top-floor windows should be a more appealing place to sit and read a book or use an electronic device, Lambert said.
“The one thing people remember about us was our glass facade,” he said. “I think that people who will come upstairs will find a new favorite spot.”
Chris Cioffi: 919-829-4802, @ReporterCioffi