Check it Out: Somethin’s comin’, something’ good…to your library!

Brian Hughes | Special to Gannett

CRESTVIEW — Could Stephen Sondheim have been thinking about the Crestview Public Library when he penned the lyrics to “Something’s Coming” for “West Side Story?”

Could it be? Yes, it could

Somethin's comin', somethin' good, if I can wait

Somethin's comin', I don't know what it is

But it is gonna be great!”

We’ve been hinting — pretty strongly — that something great is coming to your library. We’re going to have to close from Sept. 11 through Sept. 18 to get it all ready, but we know you’re going to love it when we reopen Monday, Sept. 20.

The Crestview Public Library is located at 1445 Commerce Drive in Crestview.

So, what’s coming? We’re redoing not just the circulation desk area, but the whole checkout process is going to be high-tech, more streamlined and we’ll even have a self-checkout kiosk!

If you want to get a sneak peek at the improvements before everybody else, come to our preview party from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 1445 Commerce Drive, Crestview. There will be activities, food and prizes, plus this is probably the only chance to for kids to run in the library when they put on slides and race across the carpet.

Miss Heather will hold a story time around the “campfire,” and everybody can get into making s’mores. The always helpful library staff will demonstrate the new checkout system, self-checkout process, and new card catalog.

In many ways, this ain’t your grandma’s library, but the more things change, the more some things stay just as great as they’ve always been.

Your library still has stacks and stacks of great books, movies and music, classes and activities for folks of all ages, artwork on the Sandra Dreaden Gallery Wall and in the lobby, and the same helpful staff you can always turn to for advice and assistance.

And there’s one more great thing comin’, Mr. Sondheim. The Friends of the Library is returning! Stop by the circulation desk — either the current configuration up until Sept. 10 or the new one starting Sept. 20 — and find out how you can get involved in our fun community support group.

More about Sondheim

This is Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, photographed in 1976, around the time he composed “Pacific Overtures.” His “Something’s Coming” could describe the eager anticipation patrons feel toward the Crestview Public Library’s renovations.

What? You don’t know who Stephen Sondheim is? Sounds like you need to stop by your Crestview Public Library to learn all about this great Broadway composer!

For complete event listings and more information, visit www.cityofcrestview.org/178/Library, call 850-682-4432, and follow the library on Facebook and Instagram.

Brian Hughes

Brian Hughes is the City of Crestview's Public Information Offficer.