Where are Burton Barr’s services?

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The Phoenix Public Library (PPL) system has developed different substitutes for Burton Barr’s services in recent days.

PPL has created partnerships and planned for a temporary library to relocate Burton Barr services and accommodate the needs of the community.

When open Burton Barr offered a 500,000 book collection and a handful of specialty programs which developed computer, career and school skills as well as access to an art gallery, public computers and a room dedicated to the history of Arizona.

“It really is our flagship location, being downtown,” said Lee Franklin, a spokesperson for the Phoenix Public Library system.

Some of the library’s programs were relocated to other libraries in the PPL system and others were relocated to venues in the central Phoenix area, such as the Heard and Phoenix Art Museums.

On Wednesday, the Phoenix City Council approved plans for a pop-up library which will be located at the Park Central Mall. The pop-up library will house some of the Burton Barr’s books and services while the library is closed.

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The library had all five of its floors flooded in July when a monsoon storm caused a fire sprinkler to burst. The library has been closed since for repairs and will not reopen until Summer 2018 at the earliest.

The library system has found temporary homes for Burton Barr’s services, but some people are still unable to travel to other branches or locations to easily access them.

“We’ve also done a big targeted library outreach program staying in central Phoenix providing for those customers that aren’t necessarily able to travel to other locations,” Franklin said.

Franklin said they anticipate the new temporary library, dubbed “Phoenix Public Library @ Park Central,” to be opened by the end of this year.

The new library was granted a year-long lease, but is only expected to be open for nine months, according to city documents.

Phoenix Public Library @ Park Central will offer thousands of library materials such as books, movies, newspapers and magazines, access to public computers, special children’s programs such as story-times and preschool preparation, and after-school homework help for teens previously offered at Burton Barr, Franklin said.

The closing of Burton Barr will cost millions of dollars and has caused PPL attendance to decline, but Franklin said the situation is not all bad.

“We have customers that are in other parts of Phoenix who have discovered some of these resources that may not necessarily have come into central Phoenix to partake,” Franklin said.

Burton Barr was the largest facility and welcomed the most visitors of all 17 libraries in the PPL system, according to Franklin.

“No one asked for having this experience,” said Franklin. “But the Phoenix Public Library in general, collectively as a service to the community, is really passionate and focused on being able to offer library services to those who want them.”

Here’s where Burton Barr’s services are now:

Level Up! Game Design
New location: Heard Museum
Kids ages 8-14 learn how to design and play their own game.

Artes Vivas
New location: Heard Museum
Casual but festive market showcasing work from over 40 Latino artists as well as live performances.

Family Weekend
New location: Phoenix Art Museum
Library staff will provide information, help customers sign up for library cards, and lead a craft.

Science Cafe
New location: Cholla Library
Learn from an expert about a scientific topic.

College Depot
New location: The Emmett McLoughlin Community Training & Education Center
Free college advising and other materials to help high school students access college.

MACH Hacker Haven and Coder Dojo
New location: Harmon Library
Free coding, video game design, robotics, video editing and science classes.

MACH 3D Modeling for Beginners
New location: South Mountain Community and Century Libraries
computer modeling and program classes as well as other programs to support makers and crafters.

Level Up! Harry Potter
New location: Ironwood Library
Join other muggles to design, create and play Harry Potter-themed games. Games will debut at the Yule Ball on Dec. 16.

Hive @ Central
New location: Cesar Chavez Library
Free entrepreneurial assistance and business workshops.

PHXWorks
New location: Harmon Library
The PHXWorks program offers several workforce workshops including:

Restoration of Civil Rights and Set Aside Clinic
A presentation and clinic by attorneys to help restore civil rights for those with an Arizona conviction on their criminal record.

Second Chance and Re-Entry Job Fair
Helping those with prior arrests or convictions secure jobs.

Interview Skills for Success
Workshop to perfect interview skills.

Adult Computer Classes
New location: Tarver Learning Center
Classes for individuals ages 16 and up to learn internet skills:

Introduction to the Internet
Teaches adults internet basics and how to use the internet

Searching the Internet
How to use a search engine online.

Introduction to Email
Learn the basics of email through Gmail.

Email II
Learn how to send attachments and other advanced features of Gmail.

Learn more about all of Burton Barr’s services here.

Contact the reporter at Leah.Soto@asu.edu.

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