Renovation Project

Interior renovations are complete!

We now have:

  • a vestibule to keep out the cold and provide a welcoming handicap-accessible entrance
  • new energy efficient windows throughout (for plenty of fresh air during the summer months)
  • fully-serviceable elevator
  • newly renovated bathroom upstairs
  • plus a brand new bathroom downstairs
  • a dedicated teen area with comfy floor rockers and poufs
  • all new comfortable furniture and paint throughout, which really freshens up the space
  • the library is 100% heated with a heat pump system (with electric backup for subzero temps)

Click small images below to see in full size.
(many thanks to Peter Keene for taking the photographs)

Renovation Timeline…

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 30th. UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, the library will be closed until further notice. Curbside pickup and returns are available Mondays and Wednesdays from 2-5 pm. 

The WIFI can be accessed in the parking lot while we are closed.

Renovation Update:

The boxes are unpacked, the shelves are being organized, and the new furniture is coming in. See below for a few photos of how it is currently shaping up.


Week #5 Update:

The light fixtures are hung, the shelves are in, and the circulation desk has been built out. The tiling and carpeting are in. The elevator is being installed this week and final touches are being made. Its is looking bright and beautiful. The WIFI and water are on and available in the parking lot. 

Week #4 Update:

A slight construction delay was discovered when the old chimney and furnace were removed and a small oil spill was discovered. Testing and removal of the contaminated soil was required. Pipes for ventilation were laid and gravel was poured to cover the area. This has put us approximately one week behind schedule but was important to take care of appropriately. Meanwhile, the drywall is getting put up and mudded, and the electrician is hard at work on wiring.

Week #3 Update:

The carpet is gone. The framing for the staff office, upstairs bathroom, and the new stairs is done, and work on the elevator shaft has begun. The old furnace and chimney have been removed, and the last heat pump unit has been installed. Things are moving along at BML, and it is getting very exciting! Please note, at this time, the water has been shut off for plumbing work, so no water is available at our outside faucet. We will try our best to keep you posted as soon as it is turned back on.

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.