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Harper said the layout of the newly renovated library relates to its mission in terms of enabling connections between patrons.
"Connecting in libraries is huge right now, and that really is how libraries are kind of restructuring themselves. We're actually seeing collections decreasing, not drastically, but they're decreasing to make more room for spaces, so that people can connect, so that people can create together, because it's that collaborative connecting that I think our community is really desiring," Harper said.
She added children now have more space to explore, play games and read together, and the preschool area gives caregivers and children more opportunities to connect as well with the space.
Perona said while the collections are decreasing, the programming is dramatically increasing.
"It's a different way of learning," she said.