USAG Yongsan Library awarded makeover

by Blair Brachear
USAG Yongsan

USAG YONGSAN — Earlier this year, the Installation Management Command announced an initiative to assist Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation Libraries to modernize facilities and spaces.

Funding was specifically targeted at updating the children, teen and collaboration areas of the libraries.

Funding was limited, so locations had to prove their need for the award was well as show how creatively they could use the funds. On Oct. 6 of this year, IMCOM G9 Leadership announced the Pacific Region (Yongsan, Fort Wainwright, and Camp Zama) were awarded a total of $187,550.

Yongsan will receive $88,800 to enhance the children and teen spaces in the library.

The Yongsan Library won a portion of the Million Dollar Makeover after turning in a creative submission that mondernizes the children and teen areas of the library.

The funding will not only enhance and expand the children and teen areas, but will also provide new programming, computers and furniture for those areas. Currently the Adult Study Room is between the Children’s Room and Teens’ Room. The adult room was meant to be an area of quiet study, but many adult customers have moved to a different area of the Library due to the noise from those two rooms.

To rectify this, the adult’s room will be removed and the space will be divided in half: one half to be used for the children’s room and the other for the teens’ room. All can be done by rearranging bookshelves and utilizing multi-purpose shelves which will serve as tables and seating.

The teens’ room will be made available for adults from 10a.m. to 2p.m. which coincides with the teens’ school schedule. Family and MWR patrons can expect transformation to occur in approximately two months.

Being awarded recognition is not new to the Yongsan Library. In August 2002, the Yongsan Library received the Honorary Member Certificate of the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission and in June 2007, received the United States Forces of Korea Scroll of Appreciation.

Both accolades were awarded for  children and teens readng programs, and for supporting the educational and recreational needs of service members, civilians and family members at Yongsan.

Dr. Esther Kim, Director of the USAG Yongsan Library, said “The modernization of the rooms for children and teens will have a positive impact on the community. Parents will be happy with the new conditions of the Library and that their families will be able to enjoy the new programs, furniture, and facilities for years to come.”

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