Saxonburg library to get new name, image
With rising traffic and circulation rates, the Saxonburg Area Library is working to change its name to South Butler Community Library as part of a rebranding process centered on technological advancement and community gathering.
The decision to change the library name and revamp its image, according to director Erin Wincek, was made six weeks ago by the library board of directors in an attempt to better reach its entire service area.
The library works directly with the South Butler School District, which includes Jefferson, Saxonburg, Clinton, Winfield and Buffalo Township, and welcomes residents from all over Butler County.
Saxonburg Area Library will officially change its name later this month in conjunction with the release of its new logo, mission statement and website. Wincek said the board wanted to simultaneously make the image changes. The name change is pending approval from the IRS, and the website is not yet ready to launch.
3-D printing available
When the library opens its doors as South Butler Community Library, its patrons will have access to 3-D printer classes and demonstrations. Once visitors complete the required training regimen, they'll have independent access to the printer that was donated to the library by Craftworks, LLC.
That printer is in the building's Teen Lab, a community gathering area featuring a smart TV, books, computers, a chalkboard wall and Nintendo Wii console. The lab opened in June in replacement of the children's room.
“Teens have been an under- served population for years in this library,” Wincek said. “Now, they'll have a place to gather and learn together. It's an important demographic to get involved for the future.”
One way teenagers will get involved with the library is through the virtual Maker Camp. The library was chosen by the camp sponsors, Make Magazine and Google+, as an affiliate site for the national technology and ingenuity camp, which begins Monday at the Saxonburg location.
On Mondays, campers 13 and older will receive a project for the week. Participants will communicate via Skype and social media to work with campers from across the country in completing projects that include the development of a rocket-propelled toy car and bicycle-powered phone charger.
Each Friday, the campers will use the technology at their disposal to depart on virtual field trips.
Wincek, 33, said the organization's shift toward multimedia platforms is indicative of the direction in which libraries are heading across the country.
“Libraries have always been a place to gather and share information,” she said. “That hasn't changed, only the tools we use have and I think we are definitely on the forefront of that movement.”
Wincek is in her third year directing the Saxonburg library. She said that while library circulation numbers are in decline nationwide, the Saxonburg library is expanding its parking lot to meet demand.
“It's a wonderful time for our library,” she said.
Braden Ashe is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4673 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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