MOOERS - Although she's only been the Mooers Free Library director since May, Jacqueline Madison has already made some considerable changes.
"The first month I was sort of getting my feet on the ground and the second month I started looking around and said 'What can we really do to beef it up in here?'"
The idea came to Madison to create a gaming space, which the board of trustees was more than happy to have.
"They were eager," Madison said of the board. "They are really into anything that will bring in people, because they want to see this library used in the community."
Within the next month, a Wii game console will be put in the library, provided in conjunction with the board and Friends of the Library.
"We need to bring in more teens and young adults. We don't want them to think it's all about reading," Madison explained. "It is about reading, but it's more than reading. It's really an information hub for people."
Madison considers the library to be a great resource for the people in the community, especially for those who don't have transportation.
"It's costly to drive back and forth to Plattsburgh daily," she said. "So, if you have a resource, you need to take advantage of it."
To make room for the game space in the library, the book shelves needed to be moved, another considerable change.
"I don't think people really realized what was in the library," said Madison. "For example, I've had people come in and say they didn't know about the audio books. They were on the back of the last shelf section. So, if people don't know about it, they can't access them."
Other changes one may notice when entering the library is the new circulation desk, which was given to the library by the Akwesasne Library in Hogansburg, free of charge.
Madison said she has been scouting the area for free office supplies, receiving many from Pfizer Inc.
She is also looking to add a new computer to the children's room in the basement, which will not have access to the Internet, but can be used for games.
"We're not going to have the Wi-Fi or anything in that place because we don't have any supervision in that area constantly," explained Madison.
Since becoming director, Madison has also made changes to the library's hours of operation, changing Thursday hours from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"On Thursday, our old hours were from 4 to 7 p.m. Not a lot of people came in [that late]," she said. "People are probably preparing for dinner, getting ready for the next day."
Prior to the change, Madison said she would see maybe five people visit the library. Now, the number has doubled.
With all the changes, Madison is hoping people will give her feedback.
"I am seeking input from the community. This is not my library, it's the community's library," she said.
To contact Madison, e-mail her at email@example.com, call 236-7744, or stop by the library, located at 2430 U.S. Route 11.