UPDATE: The renovation project is in full swing with the lower level (including the Children’s library and meeting room) closed for construction. The main floor is open for business as usual and the children’s books, dvds. and play things have been moved to the library’s main floor and will share the space until the renovation is completed. THANK YOU to the Central Presbyterian Church for their generous hospitality these past few months! Given construction and furniture delivery, we expect both adults’ and children’s libraries to share the main floor of the library until we must close the entire library for a couple weeks in the beginning of June before a grand re-opening. We will continue limited adult and family events and classes in the meantime. Thank you for your support and patience, and stay tuned for more updates. See photos of the project below:
We are expanding the size of our meeting room, creating new small study room, updating the children’s library, and re-configuring sections of the main floor bookcases and employee space. The historic value of this building is as important to us as it is to you and is being protected throughout the project. The most dramatic changes are in the lower lever with minimal impact in our history-rich great room.
The estimated cost of the project is $344,000. We have secured $127,000 in a NY state construction grant and Sen. Gallivan has been gracious in directing $100,000 to our project.* The Library is contributing $40,000. Throughout 2017, we will be hosting a fund-raising campaign to make up the remaining $77,000, please consider donating. We have created a Paypal account to make it very easy:
* From Senator Patrick M. Gallivan~ “In many communities, the public library plays an important role in the lives of residents of all ages, whether they are doing research, looking for a book or movie, or searching the internet. I am proud to help secure funding that will allow the Avon Free Library to better meet the needs of the community by expanding its public space and becoming more efficient in how it delivers these vital services.”