Library to open at new location

On June 8, Waterville librarian Amy Larsen stands by shelving installed at the new library location at 107 W. Locust St. (Empire Press photo/Karen Larsen)

 

By Karen Larsen
Empire Press Correspondent

A number of contractors have been busy during the past few weeks preparing Waterville’s new library location at 107 W. Locust St.

The interior of the building has been painted, irregularities on the floor have been repaired, the bathroom is being remodeled to be wheelchair accessible, and shelves are being installed.

The move is scheduled to happen from June 14-18, and the library will be closed during this time.

The library will open at the new location on June 19.

Librarian Amy Larsen said she is most excited about the new layout. The library will be divided into various areas for use by different ages and interests. Computers will be located in the foyer area. This area will also include a space for the Friends of the Library. The group will have its shelves of books for sale here, as well as the fireplace and lounge area that they funded some years ago.

In the main part of the library, there will be a young adult section toward the front. A children’s section will be located at the back of the library. A back room will be available for craft activities or for smaller meetings.

Larsen said that the new layout will enable people to use the library even when programming is occurring without feeling like they are interrupting the programs.

The summer reading program started June 11. People of all ages can sign up for the program anytime the library is open. There will be prizes and three raffles during the program. Library staff will be putting up summer reading program decorations and promotions as soon as the library completes its move.

The first programs to visit the library over the summer will the Bushwick Northwest Music Variety Show at 4:30 p.m. June 20 and the North Central Regional Library puppet show at 3 p.m. June 21. The Bushwick Northwest Music Variety Show is designed for “tweens” and teens.

The library is planning an opening celebration for July 7 during Waterville Days. The new NCRL bookmobile will participate in the parade and then will park at the library and be open to the public. The library will also be open for people to come in and look around and the Friends of the Library will hold its annual book sale there, rather than in the park.