UPDATE: The renovation project will begin in January with the lower level (including the Children’s library and meeting room) closing on January 1st. The main floor will reopen for business as usual on Tuesday, January 2nd and a satellite Children’s Library will open in the Central Presbyterian church next door on Monday, January 8th. Thanks for you support and patience, and stay tuned for more updates.
The Avon Free Library is preparing for a renovation! As you make more requests for special use spaces, we recognize that our current configuration is not meeting your needs. We have employed HBT Architects in Rochester to help us re-imagine our existing space for more flexible and multi-purpose uses. We will expand the size of our meeting room, create new small meeting space, update the Children’s Library, and reconfigure sections of the main floor stacks and employee space. The historic value of this building is as important to us as it is to you and will be protected throughout this process. The most dramatic changes are in the lower lever with minimal impact in our history-rich great room.
We invite you to take advantage of one of our scheduled Hard Hat Tours or call and ask Rebecca, the director, for a tour. We are excited to show you our plans.
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.”