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Library given a long last look
Anna L. Griffin, Telegram & Gazette, June 26, 2005

LEOMINSTER - A final and fond farewell was bid Tuesday to the Leominster Public Library.

The event was held for children and their parents at the library's 30 West St. location. The event featured games and other activities for the children, as well as refreshments in an otherwise empty library. More than 75 people attended the event held between 4 and 7 p.m."It certainly looks a little strange up here, without the shelves and the books," said Susan T. Shelton, library director.

"But we wanted to hold an event here to show the children what the library looks like without the books," Mrs. Shelton said. "It's a chance for them to say goodbye to this old space."

Among those attending the event was Stephanie White, age 3 and Katie King, age 3 who took turns at one of several piƱatas used during the celebration.

Both Stephanie and Katie said they were having a good time at the farewell party.

"It looks good," Stephanie said when asked what she thought of the library without the shelves or books.

Eydie King, mother of Katie, said she enjoys bringing her children to the library. She said she has been to the temporary location.

"It's not the same as being here," she said, referring to the 30 West St. location. "I am looking forward to the construction being over with and having the library back here."

The library moved to a temporary location at Crossroads Office Park, 690 Mechanic St. in mid-May. The move was needed because of an expansion project at the 30 West St. location. The relocation could last 18 months while the construction, renovation and expansion of the existing library at 30 West St. takes place.

The expansion and renovation of the library will double the size of the facility. Earlier this month, bids were opened for the project. Fontaine Bros. of Springfield submitted the low bid of $9,077,000. The contractor also built the Sky View Middle School in Leominster and is currently working on the new Ritter Memorial Library in Lunenburg.

A public groundbreaking ceremony to mark construction on the project will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 1, in front of 30 West St.

"There will be a brief speaker's program with representatives from the city, our library board, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, all talking about the expansion and renovation project," Mrs. Shelton said.

Mrs. Shelton said the construction at the location probably won't be very visible for a short time. "There are some things they have to do inside the building before they start the actual demolition of this portion of the building. People have been very patient about this whole process, and we ask them to be a little patient for a little while longer."

She said everyone involved with the project would like to have it completed by the fall of 2006; 2006 marks the 150th anniversary of library service in the city.



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