Library set to re-open Monday

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The doors near the new temporary home of the Gloversville Public Library is shown on Friday. (The Leader-Herald/Kerry Minor)

GLOVERSVILLE — Patrons of the Gloversville Public Library will be able to check out the new location at the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth starting Monday at 3 p.m.

The library closed its doors at its 58 E. Fulton St. location on April 15. The CRG building will be the library’s new home for the next 14 to 24 months as the permanent location at 58 E. Fulton St. undergoes a major renovation.

The complete overhaul of the building, which dates back to the early 20th century, will include turning the basement into a children’s area with a teen room, and installing new heating and cooling systems, including replacing the building’s boiler.

The library will become handicapped-accessible with an elevator and will provide a better layout for wheelchairs and strollers.

With the exception of the original boiler and radiators, every historic element in the Andrew Carnegie-funded building will stay.

Planning for this renovation started eight years ago. During that time, the library held a capital campaign to raise funds, leading to over $8 million raised, including a $2 million state grant secured by former Sen. Hugh T. Farley prior to his retirement.

CRG Board of Directors Chairman Greg Fagan said during Friday’s board meeting the move in has been going well for the library, stating both sides are happy.

“The move is, and continues to go, very smoothly,” Fagan said. “Things are fitting just perfectly. They were amazed by that. The shelves were going right where they were supposed to, just like it was made for them.”

Fagan joked he tried to get them to stay a little longer by telling the library staff that it was a shame they would have to leave at some point.

“They do have a beautiful building over there,” Fagan said.

The library and CRG did do some renovations at the temporary space, with both entities chipping in for the costs.

Patrons will be able to enter either through the front of the CRG on West Fulton Street, which is handicap accessible, or through a back door by the parking lot off of North Arlington Avenue.

CRG President and Chief Executive Officer Ronald Peters said the renovations went great, with no hiccups.

Peters said he is hoping people stop by the library during the CRG’s open house scheduled for 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday and vice versa.

The event will see the public given tours of the CRG building and with meeting current tenants.

Attendees are asked to RSVP to the CRG by calling (518) 7258-7700 or email [email protected]

Kerry Minor can be reached at [email protected]

By Patricia Older

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