Blake Memorial Library is undergoing a renovation project after many years of planning by a group of hardworking, dedicated volunteers. The main focus of the renovation will be to increase the accessibility of the library by adding an elevator, updating the staircase, and installing a second bathroom downstairs. The project will also include creating a new circulation desk and office for the staff, painting, installing new carpet, replacing windows, and updating light fixtures.
The library will be closed from December 24th to March 21st.
While we are closed for renovations, we will be offering a limited service “mini-library” at the East Corinth Congregational Church across the street, starting Thursday, Jan 2nd. The hours are Wednesday from 3-6 pm and Thursday from 9 am to Noon. We will have two laptops and a printer/copier for use. We will also have a book cart of new titles for all ages available to checkout. Books can be returned at this location during open hours on Wednesday and Thursday. Inter-Library Loan will not be available during this time. Story Hour will continue on Thursdays at 10 am (starting on Thursday, January 9th) at the church, thanks to our incredible volunteers, Wendy and Julia. A big thank you to the church for allowing us to use their space.
We are also arranging with the contractor to keep the WIFI going so it can be accessed in the parking lot while we are closed. It may need to be temporarily shut off from time to time while electrical work is done, but it should be available for most of the renovation.
Also note: books currently checked out can be returned to the mini-library at the East Corinth Congregational Church on Wednesday afternoons or Thursday mornings, or they can be kept and returned when we re-open in March. Please ignore any system-generated messages stating books are past due. They are not considered late and no late fees will ever be charged.
Week #2 Update:
Our incredible contracting crew has been hard at work doing interior demolition and the project is currently on schedule. See progress photos below. We will continue posting updates here on the progress, so make sure to check back regularly.
Below is a gallery of “Before” photos of our beloved library.