Library to get high-tech furniture

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
Sarah Tobias (left), executive director at Sycamore Public Library, accepts a grant check from Lana Haines of DeKalb County Community Foundation (center). Assistant director Katherine Keyes is on the right and Jesse Butz, head of adult services, is seated.

SYCAMORE – Library users will have new seating options at the Sycamore Library, thanks to a $7,800 grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation. 

The grant helped fund the purchase of eight chairs and two sofas to be used throughout the library. The chairs are wired so that users can plug their electronic devices directly into the chair, using USB or standard 3-prong terminals.

The purchase was inspired by a rise in the number of people using the library’s wi-fi – a 36 percent increase this year over last year.

“We’ve seen more people using our wireless internet – a 36 percent increase this year over last year,” says Jesse Butz, head of adult and information services at the library,. “We want to provide comfortable seating that meets our users’ needs while spending time at the library.”

Library director Sarah Tobias noted the new furniture will be easy to move and rearrange as the library evolves. They should arrive in the next six to eight weeks.

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