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July 2, 2005

City breaks ground on library expansion
Hillary Chabot
Sentinel & Enterprise

LEOMINSTER -- About 150 residents joined Library Director Susan Shelton and Mayor Dean Mazzarella at a groundbreaking ceremony for the $10.8 million library expansion Friday morning.

Mazzarella said the project is an investment in the community.

"This will be putting the 'pearl' back in Pearl Street," Mazzarella said. "I just want to thank you all for making this project happen."

Mazzarella and Shelton, along with state Sen. Robert Antonioni, state Rep. Jen Flanagan and Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioner George T. Comeau dug golden shovels into the library's front lawn to kick off the project's roughly year-long building phase.

The 20,000-square-foot library at 30 West St. will expand to 44,513 square feet.

The addition built in 1966 will be demolished. The library will see a total of 35,000 square feet in new construction, including a new auditorium and city meeting room.

The library has moved to a temporary location on Mechanic Street until the work is finished, which is expected to be in 2006.

Mazzarella and other speakers applauded Shelton.

"There's a difference between getting the project done and getting the project done right, and Susan is really a person who pays attention to details," the mayor said while looking at Shelton. "You really are the person who went above and beyond."

Flanagan remembered playing in the library as a little girl, and said she feels the timing of the celebration is perfect.

"We're doing this at a point where families are starting to celebrate," Flanagan said while eyeing the red, white and blue balloons and a large American flag hanging over the door.

Children wearing yellow hard hats took part in a mini-groundbreaking after the speeches, when they grabbed miniature replicas of the shovels and dug in the sand.

Denise Labenski, 56, took the day off from work to join in the ceremony.

"The library has supported me since we moved here (17 years ago)," Labenski said. "It is a cornerstone in the community. It's a resource whether you have money or you don't."



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