HUDSON VALLEY REPORTER: LEWISBORO LIBRARY $60K CLOSER TO BREAKING GROUND ON EXPANSION

 

     

    LEWISBORO, N.Y. – The Lewisboro Library is $61,710 closer to breaking ground on renovating and expanding its facility thanks to two state grants.

    The library has already raised $2.6 million towards the $3.1 million price tag on the project, which received approvals from all the necessary boards earlier this year. The contract went out to bid in April and Library Director Cindy Rubio said they hope to begin construction in September.

    The $61,710 includes a $25,000 bullet aid grant and a $36,710 construction grant awarded by The New York State Library construction fund, both of which Sen. Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) announced Monday.

    The original building campaign was launched more than 10 years ago, but the scope of that project was declared too large for the site. The library looked at other sites, but none proved satisfactory.

    The new library will expand the building by 1,725 square feet and improve energy efficiency by replacing the existing flat membrane roof and skylight in order to reduce energy costs and improve natural lighting.

    “Lewisboro’s citizens have waited too long for a renovated library and this grant is a big step closer,” Lewisboro Town Supervisor Peter Parsons said.

    The Lewisboro Library’s plan will expand the building by 1,725 square feet. Photo Credit: Lewisboro Library

    The project includes an enclosed children’s area with 45 percent more space, which will enable the library to move children’s programs out of the shared periodical and large print room. Not to mention, it will make for a quieter library. The teen area will get 39 percent more space, which will help accommodate the growing number of teens attending programs. Attendance for teen programs has grown 85 percent, according to the library website.

    With 33 percent more space in the adult area, the library will add a separate Program/Conference room for more special interest programs and technology classes. It will also add full handicapped access and technological updates.

    “We are very excited for construction to begin on this long-awaited project,” Gary Page, president of the Lewisboro Library Board of Trustees, said. “Our Library has been the cultural center and meeting place of Lewisboro for over 200 years, many generations have passed through its doors. Now it is our generation’s turn to develop the Library into a functional and progressive space for the 21st Century – one that will continue to benefit the entire community.”

    Page called this a legacy project that, “will transform the quality of life in Lewisboro for generations to come.” He encourages all residents to take part and make this the community project for 2013.

    Donations may be made online, by credit card or check, made payable to the Lewisboro Library Capital Campaign.  All donations and matching gifts from businesses are tax deductible.  All donors will be publicly acknowledged unless anonymity is requested. Naming opportunities are available for large donations. For more information, please contact Cindy Rubino at crubino@wlsmail.org or Gary Page at gpage@gpage.com. (ARTICLE)