Construction ongoing

Construction continues on the expansion of Princeton Public Library. The facility is closed to the public but patrons can check out books online or by phone, and receive them by appointment at the Water Street entrance.

PRINCETON — Ongoing construction on the expansion project at Princeton Public Library keeps the facility closed to the public for a few more weeks, but PPL Director Brenda Williams said patrons can check out books online or by phone and pick them up, by appointment, at the Water Street door of the facility.

Library staff are working in the facility, amidst interior renovations and exterior construction. Williams said while the facility is closed, the library still offers several services.

Williams said patrons can call 812-385-4464 to request books or order online through the Evergreen library holdings portal at

Staff can arrange an appointment and have library materials ready at the Water Street entrance to patrons who show a driver’s license or other form of identification.

“We are doing copies and faxes,” she said, but patrons will be required to leave the material outside and library staff will pick it up and perform the service.

Beginning May 26, the library staff is available by phone from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The library’s summer reading program is on target June 1-26 for participants ages 2-18. Reading logs will be available outside the Water Street entrance beginning at 9 a.m. June 1. Participants will read eight hours and return their reading log to the library by 5 p.m. June 26. Participants who read eight hours earn an entry form for a grand prize and a family pass for the July 17 swim party.

No weekly programs are planned in the library due to the construction, but two programs are planned at 10 a.m. June 16 (Animal Tales) and 10 a.m. June 23 (Monte Skelton) at Lafayette Park.

Bring chairs or blankets to spread out in the grass in order to maintain social distancing for the programs.

Williams said library staff have been very busy moving materials from the original sections of the library to the new sections during the construction. “We’ve been doing that for three weeks,” she said.

Interior renovation of the original portion of the building progresses is interesting, she reported. “We made some discoveries. There was an arch in the lounge area we didn’t know we had. We’re going to try to keep that. It’s an ongoing process.”

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