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New and improved Ceres Library to debut
Grand opening set for Saturday morning
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An improved area for childrens programs, such as this June 2014 fossils exhibit, is part of the Ceres Library remodel project. - photo by JEFF BENZIGER/ Courier file photo

The remodeled Ceres Library will be unveiled when it reopens at noon on Saturday, June 6.

A half-hour grand opening ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. that day, complete with refreshments.

The Ceres Library will be one of the most technologically equipped branches in the county. The branch has been closed two months as it has undergone the remodeling.

Faxing services will be offered as well as improved Wi-Fi services with broader band width to support more users and median.

"We're also going to be introducing wireless printing, which is going to be a first for the library system," said Ceres Librarian Brian Sontag. "We're going to test it out in Ceres and see where it goes."

Two "purposed built" self-checkout machines will be introduced to the branch. The machines will be able to be fed bills and change as well as ATM debit cards for the payment of any late fees.

Five iPads and five Windows laptops will be available for checking out in-house "because we're going to be having more seating."

The remodeling includes painting, installation of new carpet, new shelving and new furniture. A dedicated area will be devoted to children's story times, complete with a speaker system.

"The library's going to look completely different on the inside," said Sontag. "We'll be moving some things around and we'll be getting a new circulation desk."

Sontag said the library will hit the ground running hard to catch up with the Summer Reading Program.

The children's programs for the summer will also resume on Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m., including crafts and Lego play days. Children's story times will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays starting in July.