Indian River Area Library

The Indian River Library reopened in 2019 with a brighter, more open look.

The renovation included new paint, new carpet, rearranging the collections, changing the location of offices and the circulation desk, changing sightlines and adding the Carlton Conference Room.

Several of the tall bookshelves were made shorter. That allows people to see over them, but it's also made the beautiful large windows at each end of the library stand out. The checkout desk is now immediately to the right of the entry door. Reading material for adults is to the left of the entry door. There's a reading area for newspapers, magazines and other periodicals near the large window at the front of the library. The children's story time area is in front of the large window at the back of the library. There are also sections with children's books and video and audio materials as well as the computer section. A new office area has been constructed behind the new checkout desk location.

The final stage of the renovation project is the creating of a Makerspace Room. The Makerspace Room will be home to art and craft classes and demonstrations for both adults and youth, STEAM resources for students, and many other hands-on programs still in development.

Recently the library acquired three kilns to be used to “fire” clay-based ceramics along with a broad assortment of the molds necessary to create the greenware -- the clay form before it is cured and then baked in these very hot ovens, preparing it for painting or glazing.

The Library plans to share its bounty with the Inland Lakes Schools art department, which has its own kiln.

The Indian River Area Library is located in downtown Indian River, 3546 S. Straits Hwy. Hours are: Tuesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday. Phone number: 231-238-8581. For information and events, check Facebook and ONLINE