Westport Library Announces Opening Date
The Westport Library is excited to announce the opening of the newly transformed Library on Sunday, June 23. Central to the Library’s new design is the Forum, a highly functional community space that can accommodate events for up to 600 people. The Forum is supported by a high performance video wall, which can be used for showing films and enhancing presentations. There will be theater-quality sound, staging & lighting, and state of the art broadcast studios for live streaming, broadcasting, and filming of the Library’s signature events. When the Forum is not being used for programming, it can be repurposed to provide over 6,000 square feet of flexible space on the Main Level. This space will be used to support co-working and collaboration. Community members, students, and small business owners will find plenty of workspace to do research, work, study, read, and learn. Extending off the Forum are three large program rooms, capable of hosting 40 to 120 people, enabling the Library to host multiple programs simultaneously. An enhanced MakerSpace will offer the latest technologies for learning, exploring and sharing. Patrons will have access to seven meeting rooms, eight conference rooms and a video recording studio. Makers will also now have the opportunity to apply for 24/7 access to MakerSpace areas. The new Children’s Library will be more functional, flexible and fun with new book stacks, new books, new furniture, new toys, an improved program room, and visible activity areas that enjoy views of the river and Jesup Green. The new space creates more opportunities for young people to dig into a book, socialize, study, collaborate on group projects, or attend a class or program. The Library’s Café will be six times larger, providing an enhanced food and drink menu, and will include an outdoor deck offering scenic views of the Saugatuck River. The expanded retail space will include the Library Store. Floor to ceiling windows throughout the Library connect the building to its natural surroundings. The Riverwalk Level, will be home to the main book collection and quiet reading spaces. Additional book and media collections will be dispersed among all three levels of the Transformed Library. The Library’s main entrance will now be accessible from downtown Westport and Jesup Green by a sweeping grand staircase. Access will also be available from the upper parking lot.