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									                                                      Hackley Public Library
                                                      316 W. Webster Ave.
                                                      Muskegon, MI 49440

                                                      Contact: Martha Ferriby

                                                      231-722-7276 ext. 223

                                                      May 31, 2012

                                  For Immediate Release

                Library History Department Moving
       The Local History and Genealogy department of the Hackley Public Library is moving to

the Torrent House directly across Webster Avenue at Third Street in downtown Muskegon.

Starting May 29, the department is closed to the public for the move that marks the kick-off of

the library’s “Building of Character” renovation project

       According to library director Martha Ferriby, the restroom renovation in particular will

cause dust, noise, and dirt that would affect the Local History and Genealogy department. “Dust,

dirt and noise are definitely not good for historic materials, and they’re not conducive for doing

research either. For that matter, they aren’t good for the researchers themselves,“ she

noted. “The best thing for the materials and equipment, and the safest and best thing for visitors

and staff is for the department to move out for the duration of the project.”

       Moving the entire the local history and genealogy collection is a daunting task. It will

require very careful handling to pack, move, and re-shelve thousands of sometimes fragile, one-

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of-a kind historic items. Shelves will be disassembled, moved, reassembled and then anchored.

       In addition to thousands of books and hundreds of rolls of microfilm, the equipment that

is used by library visitors on a daily basis -- computers, microfilm readers and printers, the

microfilm scanner, the copy machine - not to mention tables and chairs, will be moved to the

Torrent House. Electrical work is currently being done to accommodate library equipment. A

wireless internet connection is already available in both the Torrent House and the Hackley


       The move also provides an opportunity to split the periodicals section from the Local

History and Genealogy department. While there is some overlap of materials (such as the

microfilm of the Muskegon Chronicle) the majority of the periodicals are not related to local

history or genealogy. These periodicals will be moved to a more accessible location within the

Hackley Library.

       “While it will be an adjustment for both staff and patrons, we look forward to being able

to provide the same excellent service during our stay at the Torrent House” commented Damien

Rostar, local history and genealogy specialist.

       Specific dates for the actual move and the date for re-opening the department will be

announced later. “If it’s raining on move days, we’ll need to take special measures due to the

historic nature of the collection, so everything could be delayed“, Rostar noted.

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