After extensive renovation of the main building, the Larchmont Public Library will re-open to the public Monday, September 12 at 9am.
“The Board of Trustees thanks the Larchmont/Mamaroneck community for its strong support of this important project,” said Pamela Dubitsky, Board Chair. “We all recognize the tremendous value of our local library, as well as the necessity of keeping the Library up-to-date in a changing world. This renovation will ensure our Library remains a beloved and essential local institution far into the future.”
An “official” Grand Reopening will be held Saturday, September 24th at 11:00am, followed by the Larchmont Street Fair and annual Big Truck Day.
A letter to the Editor follows:
The Larchmont Public Library Board of Trustees is delighted to announce the September re-opening of a renewed and updated main Library building following a major renovation of this essential community resource.
The main building was last renovated in 1994, before the Internet and our many digital devices radically changed the way we access information. Over time, while demand for traditional library services remained strong, our patrons increasingly sought new services and technologies. As our offerings expanded, our facilities needed to expand also. In addition, 22 years is a long time for any building that gets as much wear and tear as our Library – more than 227,000 visits annually!
Working within the existing footprint, our architects updated the building’s interior while maintaining its traditional feel. The renovation has greatly improved flow throughout the three levels of the building, ensured that all spaces are fully ADA-accessible, and included electrical upgrades and energy-efficient lighting.
Patrons now enter the building into a bright and open space that offers improvements for everyone. A new Technology Commons includes computer workstations, a laptop bar, long study tables, a business center and conference and tutoring rooms. A glass-enclosed reading room creates a quiet space for patrons seeking a more traditional library, while a browsing room with bestsellers welcomes those who seek a more relaxed atmosphere. There’s a new coffee bar; patrons can enjoy covered beverages anywhere in the main building. And finally, new bathrooms are conveniently located on the main level.
On the upper level, there’s a vibrant new Teen Room; children who spend their early years in our award-winning Children’s Room (winning Best of Westchester 2012, 2014 and 2016!) can now “graduate” to a space of their own. The upper level is further enhanced with a tutoring room, a laptop bar, the Director’s Office and a new fiction reading area. On the lower level, the art gallery has been improved, and serves as access to the delightful Ryder’s Garden, dedicated last summer in memory of Ryder Brown.
The Board is particularly proud that this renovation was funded primarily through donations and grants; nearly 650 local families donated a total of $1.5 million, and the Library received $272,000 in New York State grants, including grants obtained with the help of State Senator George Latimer and State Assemblyman Steve Otis. The Board thanks everyone who so generously donated time and money to this important community project. We also extend a huge thanks to Library Director Laura Eckley, who worked tirelessly to make this renovation a reality, and to the entire Library staff who endured the renovation with good humor while continuing to provide services to our patrons.
Our revitalized Library is a testament to the health of literacy and learning in the Larchmont/Mamaroneck community. Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to all who helped renew this shared and invaluable asset for generations to come!
Pamela Tillinghast Dubitsky, Chair, Board of Trustees