NEWPORT NEWS — The Pearl Bailey and Main Street libraries are getting a makeover. Currently, the city has not allocated funds for these two projects, which are still in the design phase.
Sonia Alcantara-Antoine, director for the Newport News Public Libraries, said while the designs aren’t final, they should be ready in a month.
“The purpose of the designs was really to capture input for the community in terms of what they wanted or needed in the branch facilities,” she said.
At the March 4 meeting regarding the proposed library changes, some suggestions included more study rooms and more flexible meeting space. As a result, the Richmond-based architect, Enteros Designs, tweaked the library plans, Alcantara-Antoine said.
The plan is to incorporate library trends, mixing traditional spaces for quiet activities such as reading books, conducting research and studying to non-traditional areas for noisy activities like various library programs. How? By providing more multi-purpose rooms to both library branches, five rooms to Pearl Bailey and 13 rooms for Main Street.
The timing of the two projects depends on the city’s budget and the library is still identifying a site for Grissom library, Alcantara-Antoine said.
“Libraries have changed in the past 20 years,” Alcantara-Antoine added. “They are more than just place to house books.”