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story.lead_photo.caption STAFF PHOTO ANDY SHUPE Cayla Wilson, executive director of the Fayetteville Senior Activity and Wellness Center, shows Thursday a section of books donated by the Fayetteville Public Library at the center. The library has designated the center as a satellite library and plans to donate several retired computers as well.

FAYETTEVILLE -- The Public Library is putting a satellite library at the Senior Center.

David Johnson, library director, called it a "one-time unique opportunity" for the library to expand its service.

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Fayetteville’s Public Library will have a series of public meetings next week to gather input on plans to expand the library. The meetings are:

• Thursday: 6:30 p.m. at the library.

• Friday: 11:30 a.m. at the library and includes a light lunch.

• Saturday: 11:30 a.m. with a brunch at the library and a booth from 8-11 a.m. at the Farmer’s Market on the square.

Source: Staff Report.

He said he wasn't sure if the arrangement could grow into a branch, which typically is in a separate building or shared space with another entity.

The library will supply books to the center as well as functioning computers outdated for library use, according to the agreement approved by the Library Board earlier this month.

Cayla Wilson, director of the senior center, said the arrangement adds another dimension to the activities offered to seniors throughout Washington County.

"Our library is small," she said. For some seniors, a visit to the public library can be overwhelming because of the sheer size of the building.

The addition of more books will be well received, she said. So far, six boxes of books were delivered.

"Seniors love to read," Wilson said and they often recommend books to her.

Borrowing a book is on the honor system because there's no formal checkout procedure.

Wilson said she's especially glad for the computers. "Our computers are old, out-of-date and slow as Christmas," she said.

"It will be a wonderful opportunity for seniors to learn computer skills here," she said.

The center also offers blood pressure and diabetes testing in the same room designated as the library.

Other activities at the center at 945 S. College Ave. include an exercise program and dances, both of which are hugely popular, Wilson said, as well as smaller special interest groups, such as knitting.

The library is considering expanding its building and improving computer labs. The Library Foundation is spending $2 million to buy the old City Hospital property next door to the library. Establishing branch libraries has been suggested.

"This could grow into more," Johnson said. "No public dollars are exchanging hands now since it is a satellite operation. It is targeted to the user base, the seniors."

NW News on 08/30/2014

Print Headline: Public Library Creates Satellite At Senior Citizen Center

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