3/12 - John F. Kennedy Library in Vallejo to Move ALL Services to One Floor

By Ann Miller

March 4, 2013 



CONTACT:   Ann Miller, 707-784-1506; amiller@solanocounty.com 


JOHN F. KENNEDY LIBRARY IN Vallejo to move ALL services to one floor 


Vallejo’s John F. Kennedy Library will be consolidating all services on one floor.  The project will begin March 18, and be completed this summer. The change will improve convenience for customers, make it easier for families to use the library together and increase security. “In our current layout, the children’s section and customer service desks are located on different floors. After the remodel everything will be a distance of a few steps rather than a trip up the stairs or on the elevator,” said Peggy Yost, the Library’s deputy director of public services.  


When the consolidation is completed, children’s books and DVDs will be relocated to the main floor.  This area will continue to operate a computer center, group study rooms, teen reading area, a customer service section and reference/information desks.  An expanded story time room, an additional study room, new bathrooms including one for families, and a Friends of the Library bookstore will be added.   


During construction all operations will occur on the ground floor of the building where the children’s section is currently located. The library’s full collection of children’s books, DVDs, and school support materials will be available along with regular story times and other programs for youth.  The Joseph Room will also be available. 


For adults, additional computers will be installed and a small collection of DVDs and new books will be available for checkout.  Customers can also order books and DVDs from other libraries, by phone, online or in person, and check them out on the ground floor. 


“We know Vallejo folks love their JFK Library. We think the convenience of everything on one floor plus amenities like new bathrooms and a store for the Friends of the Library will improve their trips to the library even more.  We’ll also be saving them money because services such as reference and customer service staffing will no longer be duplicated on two floors,” said Yost.   


The remodel is funded through a combination of funds from Solano County Library’s operating budget and Vallejo’s Measure B sales tax funds. The City of  Vallejo, which owns the building, will determine how the lower floor’s space will be used once the consolidation is complete.