Clinton Library Reopens To Public
The stories continue! It was a long wait for local readers, but the public library is open again. A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday signaled the end of a two-month, $27,000 renovation project that began last November. Local children — armed with safety scissors, of course — joined Library Director Jayne Arata in cutting the ribbon and officially reopening the building to the public.
“Because (children) are the next generation of library patrons,” Arata explained.
The town contributed about $17,000 for the project, with the remainder paid for by funds raised by the library, according to officials.
Drab tiles that once covered the library’s original hardwood floors were removed during the renovation project, and the floors were then sanded and refinished to their original condition, Arata said. In addition, officials took advantage of the library’s downtime to repaint the children’s room walls a bright, cheery yellow, and replaster the room’s ceiling.
A lot of time and effort went into the renovation project, Arata noted. “We had to move all of the materials out of the library and then put everything back on the shelves,” she explained, adding that members of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Community Service Program assisted in the effort. “It was a big project. We were so appreciative to have (Sheriff) Lew Evangelidis’ team here to help us. It was a big help.”
The efforts paid off, said resident John Palmisano, who attended the ceremony. “It looks nice,” he said, looking at some before-and-after photographs of the project. “From the looks of these pictures, they did a lot of work getting a more modern look (for the building),” he explained.
The improvements had been necessary for quite some time, according to library officials.
“It’s a 143-year-old building, so you have to keep up (with the times),” Arata said, laughing. “We had tile down with an original hardwood floor underneath, so we thought if we could refinish it and save it, that would be the way to go,” she said, adding that officials were looking at additional ways to improve the building.
“We have some future things in the works that will update the building and make it more convenient for our patrons,” Arata said.
Officials encouraged patrons to prepare for the library’s closure by checking out as much material as possible and keeping it for the duration of the building’s renovations.
Arata said residents were also informed about the Central/Western Massachusetts Automated Resource Sharing system, or C/W MARS, which connects more than 100 local libraries to each other and allows patrons to borrow materials from any library in the system.
“People were also using other area libraries that were convenient for them during the gap,” Arata said.
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