Blog Purpose

The Clifton Public Library is pleased to announce the impending renovation of our Allwood Branch Library, located at 44 Lyall Road. It's our intention to use this blog to provide the community with timely updates in our remodeling process.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Grand Reopening Pictures

We enjoyed a wonderful turnout for the grand reopening despite the bad weather. Among those present were library staff members (past and present); trustees from the Library Board; Mayor Anzaldi, City Manager Villano, city council members and department heads; Friends of the Clifton Library; members of the Women's Club of Allwood; children and teachers from School #9; library volunteers; the architects, contractors and furniture space planners who worked on the project; PalsPlus staff and directors from member libraries; our State Librarian and others representing library organizations around the state; and of course, the valued members of the community who make use of and support the Clifton Public Library.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Finally complete!

After several months of closure and even more time planning behind the scenes, the Allwood Branch renovation is finally complete! Here are some pictures of the finished product.

New circulation area, ready for the ribbon cutting

Computer room entry and print area

Fiction, Mysteries, Large Print; tables with outlets and USB chargers

Magazines and newspapers

Quiet Room with study carrels, armchairs, and counters

Teen area furniture

View towards new Children's Room

New Children's Room

Children's room magnet board

Children's room Lego & train table

Children's room whimsy

Biographies and nonfiction

Media shelving (CDs, audiobooks, DVDs)
New bench at entry

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Grand Reopening - Thursday, April 6th!

The Allwood Branch is set to reopen on Thursday, April 6th! There will be presentations at 9:30 a.m. followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reopening at 10:00 a.m. Staff will be on hand to guide you around the new floorplan. We will be 'open for business' at that time, resuming our regular hours immediately. We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Putting it back together!

With the exception of working through punch list items, the bulk of construction on the branch is complete. Now we are in the process of loading in. New furniture and shelving has been arriving on a steady basis, and previously used furniture, shelving and equipment that had been in storage - along with hundreds of boxes of materials - have been returned. Furniture and shelving are being assembled and placed by skilled installers. The bulk of the materials re-shelving work will be done by the same movers that had originally packed it up; staff will complete the process shortly afterwards.

Below are pictures that show the evolution of certain spaces, as well as the "controlled chaos" of the loading in process: