Reed City Library open to the public

By Emily Nummer Special to the Herald Review

REED CITY — Area residents interested in participating in community events, enjoying green space or kicking back with a book have a new space for satisfying their needs.

Monday, June 13, was the official soft opening for the new Reed City Library at 829 South Chestnut Street. Library Director Heather Symon Bassett is excited to see how the community reacts.

“People should just stop in and see what the new library looks like. We think the community is really going to love it. We tried to make it as specific to their needs as we could,” she said.

There are numerous changes to the new space, including a teen area and a community room that will hopefully be open for residents to use in the future, according to Symon Basset. The new library also will feature a green space that will open up a lot of opportunities for outdoor programming, she added.

“We are very excited about it. It’s been a long time coming. I really think that the public is going to like their new library,” she said.

The most important new feature, however, may be the increase in space, which allows for more books, according to library patron Lila Kinney. The additional space may require some adjustment, though.

“I’ve just got to get used to the set-up,” Kinney said.

The move itself took two weeks and two days of being closed, Symon Basset explained, with one week focusing on moving and last week focusing on setting up the staffing area and collections.

“We are completely functional for the public, which is a big feat for that short amount of time,” she said.

Though the library is now open, there will be a grand opening from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 7. The opening will include patron registrations, light refreshments and special guest speakers.