The roughly 2,000 monthly patrons to the Bucksport library will be without their local library until the start of spring as it undergoes renovations.
One of those renovations is the installation of a mobile shelving system that runs on rails and is usually found in university libraries.
Cliff Boyer, library system director, said the mobile shelves will house materials that have limited circulation and not the more popular items in Bucksport’s collection.
Boyer said the Bucksport library manager had some concerns about the safety of the mobile shelves, and what was the risk of a small child getting caught between them.
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He said there are redundant safety systems, including a set of laser beams at several different heights that won’t allow the shelves to move when the line is broken.
The shelving safety measure could be compared to motion detectors used with automated garage door opening systems, he said.
Library officials decided to install the mobile shelving to free up space to make room for 12 computers as well as its patrons. Bucksport will be the first public library in the state to put in such shelves.
If it is a success, mobile shelving may be installed at the Green Sea Floyds and Little River branches
Other Bucksport improvements include putting down new carpet, applying fresh coats of paint and bringing in new furniture.
Boyer didn’t have the exact figure, but expects all the work to cost between $85,000 and $100,000. The mobile shelving is the largest expense.
The library will close for renovations beginning Jan. 31. Officials hope to have it reopened by the end of March.
“We are excited to rejuvenate the Bucksport library and update the interior to make it a more pleasing experience for our customers,” Boyer said.
Portion of Carolina Forest Boulevard to be cleaned Saturday
Keep Horry County Beautiful is partnering with the Carolina Forest Rotary Club and the Carolina Forest Veterinary Hospital to clean a portion of Carolina Forest Boulevard on Saturday, according to a press release.
The stretch runs from Carolina Forest Boulevard / U.S. 501 intersection to the entrance of Plantation Lakes.
Clean-up participants will meet in front of the Carolina Forest Beef O’ Brady’s location at 1:30 p.m. The cleanup runs from 2 to 4 p.m.
Voter registration office to talk new voter ID law
Horry County Registration and Elections will hold two public seminars to help inform residents of the new photo identification requirements for voting.
Both meetings will take place in the second floor multi-purpose rooms at the Horry County Government and Justice Center, located at 1301 Second Ave., in Conway. The dates are Jan. 24 and Feb. 5, both from 6 to 9 p.m.
The photo identification bill was passed prior to the 2012 general election and took effect on Jan. 1.
For more information, call the registration and elections office at 915-5440.
Horry County offices closed for MLK holiday
All Horry County offices, other than public safety operations, will be closed on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
Regular courts may be in operation at the Horry County Government and Justice Center and all jurors and witnesses will be required to be present.