The Keshen Goodman Public Library is a group hub in Clayton Park, and it’ll quickly be getting a facelift.
This week, the Halifax Regional Council was awarded a $7.1-million tender to Avondale Building to make some large modifications to the look and performance of the house.
“It is an funding on this neighborhood,” mentioned sa Kachan, chief librarian and CEO of Halifax Public Libraries. “It is an funding within the little ones who come right here and the seniors who come right here and the kids who come right here and the newcomers…. It could be a constructing, however it’s a constructing that improves folks’s lives a lot every single day.”
The constructing’s footprint will solely enhance by about 10 per cent, however Kachan says the entire house will probably be re-imagined. Other than new carpets, furnishings, paint and lighting, among the additions will embody a brand new reception space, a teen pc lab and gaming space, classrooms and a brand new kids’s space.
The work may also embody enhancements to the constructing’s vitality effectivity and accessibility following the design created by architects at Fathom Studio in Dartmouth.
Kachan mentioned the library is having bother maintaining with the neighborhood’s rising demand. Clayton Park’s inhabitants has greater than doubled for the reason that Keshen Goodman Library was inbuilt 2000, and the inhabitants is projected to develop to between 69,492 and 83.787 by 2026.
“It was constructed earlier than the highschool got here in subsequent door, earlier than the Canada Video games Heart moved in throughout the best way and actually earlier than a lot of the residential space round this library was constructed,” Kachan mentioned. “So it was constructed anticipating that the neighborhood would develop. However actually we underestimated how shortly it will develop and the way numerous it will grow to be.”
At present, virtually half one million folks use the library yearly.
“In order that interprets to about 1,500 to 2,000 folks a day,” Kashan mentioned. “So I might think about Keshen Goodman Library one among our heaviest-used public areas in Halifax.”
Laura Murphy involves the library usually along with her three youngsters.
“We love the library, it is a enjoyable journey,” she mentioned. “This is likely one of the solely locations I really feel protected and cozy coming with three babies beneath the age of 5.”
Naresh Malhotra visits usually as effectively for pc and printing companies. He mentioned his son got here to Halifax from India in 2019 and he visits him usually.
One thing for everybody
“The perfect of the issues is to the immigrants, new immigrants,” Malhotra mentioned. “I haven’t got the phrases to reward the best way [the staff] introduces them, they inform them and information them in regards to the services obtainable right here.”
The library gives many companies for newcomers, together with English language programs, dialog teams and writing apply. It additionally helps join them with helps locally.
Leah Pohlman, service supervisor for the Western District of Halifax Public Libraries, mentioned the library’s new design was primarily based on some concepts from individuals who use the library.
She mentioned this renovation is for them.
“I feel it should have such a huge effect on the group,” Pohlman mentioned. “How can we navigate the totally different ways in which folks wish to use the house and the place all people feels welcome? I feel that this [renovation] is admittedly going to deal with a few of these challenges.”
Pohlman mentioned building is anticipated to start in late summer season or early fall, and be completed inside two years. Will probably be performed in phases so the library will not have to shut at any level.
“There’s going to be a number of shifting components,” Pohlman mentioned. “However, you recognize, that is the group’s library and we wish to ensure that they’ll nonetheless use it now and that they are excited to make use of it with the approaching renovation.”