Beverly McDonald’s getting an upgrade

By now, people in the Beverly area have noticed the ‘upheaval’ at the Beverly McDonald’s. Renovations to the store began June 18 and will continue through this Saturday, June 30. The lobby will continue to be closed to patrons until the renovations are completed, but both lanes of the drive-thru will be open. Store hours will continue to be 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

What’s in store for customers once renovations are completed? According to Vikki Mayle, store general manager, there will be new seating for the customers, along with updates to the restrooms and walls, all to update and modernize the guest’s experience in the restaurant. The biggest addition, though, will be the installation of two self-ordering kiosks in addition to the current counter ordering. Customers will be able to order and pay for their orders at these kiosks. For those customers uncomfortable with the newest technology in ordering at the kiosks, employees will be available to assist with ordering. Customers are also encouraged to download the McDonald’s mobile app and place a mobile order which can then be brought to your vehicle.

With the addition of the ordering kiosks and other technological additions, more employees are needed. Interested? McDonald’s is hiring! Visit their website at www.mcdonalds.com, click on the ‘careers’ tab at the top of the page, and follow the cues. Come join the McDonald’s team!

Please remember, the tentative reopening date for the lobby is June 30, but the drive-thru will be open during normal operating hours. One exception will be this Wednesday, June 27, when the store will be closing at 8 p.m. for technology upgrades. Thanks to patrons for their understanding and make sure to stop in and see the new look once the lobby reopens.

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LIBRARY PROGRAMS CLOSING OUT JUNE

And speaking of renovations, hopefully you’ve stopped in the Beverly Library to see the latest renovations to the main library and the meeting room as well as the landscaping updates

This week, June activities will be winding down, but July activities are waiting in the wings.

On Tuesday, June 26, the family movie at 1 p.m. will be “The Jungle Book”. Wednesday the 27 at 6 p.m.. rock painting will be the featured activity.

Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. will be this week’s story time, featuring Mexico and India.

Story time is a fun-filled hour of stories, movies, crafts, games, and a snack for children ages 2 – 5. This story time will be repeated Wednesday morning at 11:00 a.m. A parent or caregiver is requested to remain with the children during the program.

Wednesday’s activity for older children will be taking place all day. Stop in and learn all about this week’s wind chime craft.

The Staff Pick for July’s suggested reading is “Eleanor and Park” by Rainbow Rowell.

Amazon.com reviewer Caley Anderson says of the book: “While Eleanor & Park is technically classified as YA lit and has a cutesy cover, don’t let the stigma of “books for teens” fool or deter you. It is written about teens, sure, but the themes are so universal that anyone who survived high school will relate to the lives of the two protagonists. Eleanor is the new girl in town and her wild red hair and patchwork outfits are not helping her blend in. She ends up sitting next to Park on the bus, whose tendencies towards comic books don’t jibe with the rest of his family’s love of sports. They sit in awkward silence every day until Park notices that Eleanor is reading his comics over his shoulder; he begins to slide them closer to her side of the seat and thus begins their love story. Their relationship grows gradually–making each other mixed tapes (it is 1986 after all) and discussing X-Men characters–until they both find themselves looking forward to the bus ride more than any other part of the day. Things aren’t easy: Eleanor is bullied at school and then goes home to a threatening family situation; Park’s parents do not approve of Eleanor’s awkward ways. Ultimately, though, this is a book about two people who just really, really like each other and who believe that they can overcome any obstacle standing in the way of their happiness. It’s a gem of a book.”

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Sue Sampson is a longtime columnist for the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.

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