The Detroit News has published this article about a library that, during renovations, is letting patrons check out as many materials as they want, and can bring them back August 1st.
\"The Sherman family plans on making use of the Sterling Heights Public Library collections this summer -- from its home. The library is running a summer reading special. Patrons, like the Shermans, can take all the books, videos and audio tapes they want and keep them until Aug. 1 while the library is closed for renovations.\"
\"We checked out 133 books and videos,\" Ann Sherman of Sterling Heights said. \"A lot of them are children\'s books for my son. But we also took out books for my husband and myself.\"
\"The library is shutting its doors Sunday as part of a $1.6-million renovation project. Library officials say the task of moving 200,000 volumes would be easier if fewer of the books remain on the shelves. \"We\'re going to be closed for at least a month, maybe longer, depending on how the remodeling goes,\" library director Carol Lingeman said.
\"But we\'re letting people keep all of their (checked-out) books until Aug. 1 because we figure that\'s the latest date that we will reopen.\"
Usually, the library checks out materials for three-week periods.
Lingeman said improvements to the library include a meeting area that seats 150 people, a children\'s story-time reading room, a larger lobby, a browsing area for adults and a room for its volunteer group, the Friends of the Library.\"