Toledo Public Library officials expressed appreciation to the Jerome S. and Barbara Bischoff Library Subfund of the Oregon Community Foundation for a grant of $5,000 to be used for the upgrading of technology and equipment in the library’s community meeting room.
This award for “A Room for Our Tomorrows” was made in May, and the library is now beginning to see the arrival of the equipment.
Pre-COVID-19, the community room was being reserved by community groups almost daily. This heavy use, and also requests from some library users, led to the realization that the room could be made much more useful and that it needed a facelift, having first been built and made available for use in 1993. With the changes brought on by experiences due to COVID-19 restrictions, library officials believe they have even more reason to increase the capacity of the room.
Plans include not only new furnishings, but also new technology that will be helpful for Zoom meetings and presentations. Work is underway on repairs to the inside walls of the room and other structural enhancements. The entire HVAC system has also been upgraded to a more efficient system.
The library is not currently taking reservations to use the room, but it is hoped the room enhancements will be complete for the spring of 2021. Any questions about the community room can be directed to Toledo Public Library Director Deborah Trusty at 541-336-3132, ext. 7100.