The Public Library
Maltman Memorial Library offers family activities, a place for community gathering, and of course, great books to choose from. There is preschool story time, adult Pinterest nights, and various clubs. Public computers are available with free, broadband internet, as well as fax and copy service. The library is open Monday through Friday, 10am-6pm, and the first, second, third Saturdays from 9-12.
Although the library would like to expand programming, our space is inadequate. Currently the seating for any meeting or event is limited to eight people, which makes the activities a “first-come, first-served” arrangement.
The building was built in 1964 and it does not meet ADA guidelines. There is no handicap parking, the outside doors are too narrow for a wheelchair, and the bathroom is not compliant. A new library would have all these things, making it more accessible to all.
Expanding our book collection to add quality, award winning books to the children’s and teen’s department has been challenging.
Our current teen area is confined to a small area in the adult section, which is not ideal and there is no more room for their books.
The children’s area has the same problem; the shelves are full, with no room for new books. It is vital that a library keep the book collection up to date and be able to offer new books to all ages, but with a confined space, our options are limited.
A new library will allow us to have a dedicated teen space, a large children’s area, an expanded Maker Space, and a sizable meeting/event room. The community history/genealogy room will help preserve the history of Wood River for future generations. All these things combined will help us grow into a hub for community activities and information.
Current building is not handicapped accessible
Meeting space is limited to 8 people making gatherings very small.
The bathroom is not ADA compliant
The storage area is small and packed full.
Renovation Plans for the library
A heritage room will contain family and community history
Veronica Kaufman, Director