By Ms. Julie Lucas (IMCOM)June 3, 2013
VICENZA, Italy -- If you have visited the post library in the last few weeks, you probably noticed a mountain of boxes near the front entrance.
No, it isn't a shipment of new books, rather the library will be moving while work takes place through the middle of July.
As of June 3, the library's temporary location will be the BOSS office in Building 9B on Third Street and Olsen Avenue, across from the USO. The reason for the move is so that the library can have new flooring installed.
According to librarian Michelle Ortiz, the current carpet is more than seven years old. The replacement project has been in the works for more than six months, she said.
The new location will operate during usual library hours, Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and U.S. holidays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The services offered will be to check out new materials including movies. You will also have the capability to pick up online holds placed on items. Additionally computers will be available for use as well as return of items. Items can still be returned at the old location during the closure.
"If you want to request an item online, please make sure another location has it," Ortiz said. "When items are available we should have it in a week. Please remember to be patient with us during the transition."
The work is scheduled to be completed by July 12.
While Caserma Ederle is fixing up one location, the Del Din Library is ready to open its doors June 2. The new location will provide computer access and have a collection of fiction and nonfiction materials geared toward single Soldiers who will be living at Del Din.
"The Del Din Library will have 2013 travel guides, so if you are planning a summer trip it is worth the drive to Del Din to check them out," Ortiz said.
While the library is open to all ID card holders, there will be no children's materials at this location. The hours of operation at Del Din will be Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The library will close Friday and Saturday.
Despite the construction, Ortiz said that the Summer Reading Program will go on as scheduled. This year's theme is "Have Book, Will Travel." Registration will begin June 17. The program will take place at the Hoekstra Field Pavilion with children ages 3-5 meeting on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and children ages 6-11 meeting Tuesdays at 11 a.m.
After filling out a log of 10 books read, the child will receive a prize. Teens are invited to join in the fun by reading one book per week between June 24 and July 29 at their age level. A party is planned for July 30 at 3 p.m. and prizes will be given out to include iTunes gift cards and video games.
Children are also invited to the party for games, food and other prizes.
For information about the libraries, their collections and programs, call 634-7291 or visit www.vicenza.armyMWR.com.