On April 23rd, 2014, the Town of Irondequoit broke ground at the site of the new Public Library at 1290 Titus Avenue. Today, Town officials happily announced the library will open to the public on Wednesday, September 9th and a special ribbon-cutting event will take place on Saturday, September 12th at 10am.
Plans for the newly constructed building include dedicated teen and children’s sections, study areas, free wi-fi, meeting space for community groups, and fully equipped craft rooms that can be used to explore and expand our abilities.
“Residents are going to be ecstatic when they see all that their new library has to offer,” said Stephanie Squicciarini, President of the Irondequoit Library Board. “I commend the Town, the Library Board, all the library staff and the residents for supporting this vision of a centralized, state-of-the-art facility that can cater to all of our needs now and in the future.”
With external construction and landscaping nearly complete, work on the interior of the new library is moving at a quick pace. Over the next month, books, materials, and furnishings from the two existing branches – Pauline Evans Branch on Cooper Road and Helen McGraw Branch on East Ridge Road – will be packed and moved over to the new Library building. To accommodate the move schedule, the Pauline Evans Branch will close on August 7th and the Helen McGraw Branch will close on August 14th.
Due dates that normally fall within the timeframe when the branches are closed, will be extended to when the new library is open.
Books or materials that have been placed on hold to become available after the branches close will be available for pick-up from Irondequoit Town Hall, 1280 Titus Avenue, starting August 14th. Patrons who have placed books or materials on hold will be contacted with details.
“Reading unlocks a child’s imagination, takes them on journeys that no television program or video game can replicate, and builds motivation and curiosity,” said Supervisor Adam J. Bello. “Our new library will be a first-class facility with expanded resources and a knowledgeable staff eager to contribute to each patron’s passion for learning. It will indeed be a place where we can learn, grow, read and explore together. Libraries are not relic of the past when they meet the changing needs of society and our new library will rise to meet that need.”
A full itinerary of festivities is being planned to celebrate the grand opening. Please mark your calendars for the ribbon-cutting on Saturday, September 12th at 10am. For up-to-date information, please visit www.Irondequoit.org or call 585-336-6029.
This press release was originally published at the Town of Irondequoit website.