OSWEGO, NY – After years of planning, restoration and renovation work, the Oswego Public Library will hold its official grand opening celebration of its new facility on Oct. 25 from 12:30 to 4 p.m.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œOswego deserves and has needed a modern library for its citizens for some time, and now the day has come to celebrate the planning and hard work that has gone into this project,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Donna Kuhn, the libraryÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s newest board member and long-time library supporter. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThis is a beautiful facility and a place the whole community can be proud to call their own.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
The celebration will be marked by a flag raising ceremony honoring local veterans, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe welcome the leaders from six area veterans organizations that will help us honor veterans and those AmericanÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s currently serving in the military throughout the world as we open this new library,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Jeff Wallace, a consultant with Step One Creative, the Oswego based communications group who has headed up the libraryÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s capital campaign efforts. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œMembers from the 174th Fighter Wing in Syracuse will also be on hand for this special flag raising ceremony.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
Oswego Public Library Director Carol Ferlito said, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe flag we will mark this occasion with was donated by Congressman John McHugh and has been flown above our nationÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s capital in Washington, D.C. Local, county, state and federal dignitaries have been invited to the event. The facility will be open and tours will be provided by request.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
The flag raising will be followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring OswegoÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Mayor Randolph Bateman, Oswego Library trustees and other supporting local officials.
A raffle for several donated prizes will also be held.
Prizes include: An Underground Railroad quilt from Nancy Townshend, a framed photo of the historic library, a $50 gift certificate from VonaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Restaurant and a $25 gift certificate from the riverÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s end book store.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe support from the community that we have received from the beginning of this project has been truly overwhelming,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â said Mary Shanley, president of the board of trustees for the library. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œThe staff, board of directors, and everyone who has been involved from planning to donating their change in our donation cans around town should feel proud of the building we have preserved and expanded.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
The newly renovated building adds more than 14,000 square feet of space to the library, according to Shanley.
Library trustee and building committee chair Larry Mayo said, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œPart of this renovation and expansion project involved spending significant time completing several program studies. The studies indicated two things. We needed to double the size of our facility and work aggressively on increasing the menu of programming for our patrons. We have accomplished the first part by opening this newly expanded facility and are now ready to continue expanding the services and programming we can provide to the community.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
In addition to the renovation and structural rehabilitation of the historic building, the project doubled the space of the childrenÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s room by moving it from the lower level to the top ?oor; added a community meeting room; increased facilities such as restrooms; improved accessibility to all ?oors including the installation of an elevator; increased book stack space; added more computer stations and updated network technology; created a Young Adult area; provided private/quiet areas for tutoring students; provided for rotating art exhibits; and now offers a local history/genealogy room.
For additional information on the Oswego Public Library, call (315) 341-5867 or visit www.oswegopubliclibrary.org