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The New Jackson Township Branch

The new Stark Library branch, part of the Jackson North Park, will include many features that our patrons and the community have told us are important to them.

When we met with the Jackson community in preparation for designing their new branch, we listened to what they told us. This beautiful new space, overlooking North Park, incorporates many of these ideas in the design.

The first thing you’ll notice as you walk in the building, is a lobby that is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Patrons told us that they loved the ability to put items on hold and pick them up in the convenient lockers that are available outside of normal library hours. A Media Box will also be in the lobby, allowing patrons to borrow video games and DVDs. 

As you walk in the door, you’ll be greeted by a stunning open space, filled with books and materials and plenty of areas that you can relax and read or visit with your friends – with a backdrop of floor to ceiling windows overlooking North Park. The lower shelving allows for a full view of the entire library and displays will feature new books and other items. A variety of flexible meeting spaces are easily accessible for groups and individuals and can accommodate small study groups or large meetings. There’s even a  multipurpose room in the children’s area with an easy-to-clean floor so kids can be kids!

One of the best things about the space is its flexibility. The furniture and many of the other pieces are movable to easily accommodate children’s story times, casual group meetings, or individuals. Laptop vending machines allow patrons to grab a laptop and sit wherever they’d like in the library – even near the beautiful fireplace. For those who bring their own devices, charging stations will be available throughout the space. 

Click below for a virtual tour of the space. We look forward to construction beginning in early 2019 with completion in 2020!

You can explore the concept drawings in this PDF:

View Concept Images (PDF)

Updates

Progress continues on the Stark Library branch in Jackson Township:

  • October:
    • Stark Library Board of Trustees approved the bid package on October 16, 2018.
    • Ground work is being done by the contractor on the North Park site.
  • November: Pending the receipt of a qualified bid, Stark Library intends to award the project to a contractor at their regular meeting on November 20, 2018.

A Library Inspired by You

In January, HBM hosted community focus groups to gather the community’s feedback on their vision for the future of the Jackson library. View the results of this intensive brainstorming session in the Visioning Book that is inspiring our design process.

Community Visioning Document

About the Changes

In 2016, an engineering study revealed extensive water damage to the shell of the original Jackson Township branch. Surprisingly, we found it would ultimately more efficient to build an entirely new branch than to repair and renovate the old building.

To ensure uninterrupted service to the Jackson community, an interim branch location was established in The Marketplace at Nobles Pond. This storefront location serves as an incubator space to test many of the new technologies, features, and services the library plans to introduce system-wide.

Tell Us What You Think

Want to share your feedback about our plans for the new branch? We would love to hear from you! Just shoot an email to info@starklibrary.org.