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    The Kitchen Renovation Project: What you need to know before you start

    “What does an average person need to know before they get started on doing a kitchen update or renovation?” Well, it just so happens that I have a few ideas in mind that I can pass along as part of my own dealings in this matter. I will tell you that I am in no way claiming to be an expert on the subject. However, I can certainly give the general public some thoughts on how the Daviess County Public Library can be a good starting point in this area.

    First, the library has access to many different types of magazines in both paper and digital format. The back issues of magazines that are kept under our shelves can be checked out for a week at a time as long as they have a barcode on them. The digital magazines can be checked out and downloaded for good on a digital device as long as the patron goes online and fills out a form to get started. The digital magazines are through a platform known as Zinio through RBDigital. If you are the type of person that prefers reading on a digital device as opposed to hard-copy format, then this is what you really need to try. Once you set up an account, then any magazine you download that is part of our subscription is yours to keep on your device. According to the Zinio help page, “there is no limit. Check out as many magazines as you wish and keep them as long as you like.”

    Browsing magazines for ideas on kitchen remodeling is one of the first things I ever did before I started any actual purchase of products for the kitchen. If there’s one thing that I truly believe in, it’s doing plenty of research first before diving headlong into a project not knowing what to expect. This is why the library is a good first start since we have two different ways of accessing magazines as mentioned above. All you need is your Daviess County Public Library card in order to receive access to a wealth of material.

    Secondly, the library has several hard-copy books on the subject of kitchen renovation and remodeling also. The area that these types of books are normally found in is: 643.3. There are at least 20 plus books on kitchen remodeling so there are several items to choose from. Also, as a patron, if there is ever a book that you are interested in and it’s new, and the library doesn’t own it, you may fill out an online form for a Suggestion for Purchase.

    Third, the library has digital subscriptions to several databases that the public can access with their library cards also. Here are just some of the databases that we have that might be of help when starting that kitchen renovation project: 1) Home Improvement Reference Center and 2) Academic Search Complete under the EBSCOHost umbrella of databases. Both of these databases can provide the public with ideas on starting a remodeling project.

    Finally, the library has at least 20 public access Internet computers that any current Daviess County Public Library cardholder can access on a daily basis. As long as you have your card with you, you can access the public pcs and search a plethora of information on the web about kitchen remodeling, renovations, etc. online.

    As the saying goes, the world is your oyster. Now you just need to go out there and start using the tools that are in front of you at your local public library to access the pearls of wisdom awaiting you today.

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