You Gotta Make Noise to Reduce Noise


If you find the library to be a little noisier than normal (as you may know, our “normal” noise level is actually pretty high by conventional library standards, what with the whizzing and whirring of our 3D printers and laser engraver) over the next few weeks, as counterintuitive as it sounds, we’re making a bunch of noise now so that we can ultimately make less noise in the future.

While many adore our aforementioned MakerSpace machinery and don’t mind its considerable auditory output, what one person perceives as the dulcet tones of innovation, another perceives as offensive, library visit-ruining caterwauling. In an effort to keep the equipment humming while restoring the library to optimum desirability for its non-maker visitors, we’re going with what will hopefully be a win-win solution by converting the men’s restroom in the adult section of the library into a shiny new MakerSpace space (as part of the renovation, we’re also converting the women’s restroom in that area into a family restroom). The 3D printers and engraver will be migrating to this new, yet-to-be-named cove of creation and taking all of their sounds and smells off of the main library floor.

In order to achieve this peace-bringing resolution, we unfortunately must first endure some cacophonous construction (as someone whose office is directly next to the construction zone, I sympathize if it bothers you), but we expect it to be completed in a matter of a few weeks. Think of it as the storm before the calm. When everything’s done, it’ll usher in an age marked by our lowest noise levels in years, and we expect it to last for centuries…or until Summer Reading starts. Whichever comes first.


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