Dusten Rader/Express staff
A renovation kick-off event was held Thursday at the Gloversville Public Library. From left, Merry Brown, library board of trustees vice president; Christine Pesses, board president; Betsy Batchelor, trustee; Barbara Madonna, library director; Craig Clark, trustee; Robin Lair, trustee secretary and Lisa Buggeln, trustee, vice president of finance.
By DUSTEN RADER
Fulton County Express
GLOVERSVILLE — Dozens of area residents and officials gathered Thursday evening to see the Gloversville Public Library one last time before renovations begin.
The event began with a social gathering and tours of the building, which is completely devoid of books and furniture. Residents then took a seat to hear presentations by officials, including: State Sen. James Tedisco, R-Glenville; State Librarian Bernie Margolis; Mohawk Valley Library System Director Eric Trahan; Stacey Deena, a representative of Congresswoman Elise Stefanik’s Office; Barbara Madonna, library director; Christine Pesses, library board president; and Betsy Batchelor, trustee and Steering Committee co-chair.
“We are proud to announce that this celebration marks the rebirth of this grand old building,” Pesses said “After our makeover we will continue to provide opportunities, information and gathering space to this community as we advance through the technology age into the next 100 years.”
During Tedisco’s speech, he presented Madonna with a Senate Citation recognizing the library and its staff.
“This is a beautiful library now and after its renovation it’s going to be even brighter as a jewel,” Tedisco said.
According to Madonna, two of the major considerations for the renovation was to make the entire library handicap accessible as well as put up more walls to create more spaces for the community to meet.
The 113-year-old building constructed by Andrew Carnegie in 1904 for $50,000 still has its original heating, plumbing and three original light fixtures. Historic elements by Carnegie will be preserved in the renovation.
The Library’s Capital Campaign has raised more than $8 million to help pay for the renovation, which includes $2 million in grant funding secured by former Sen. Hugh T. Farley. Butler Rowland Mays Artchitects, LLP of Ballston Spa will be handling the project.
“This is a community library, this is a community project and this would not be possible without the community — so thank you very much,” Madonna said.
During renovations, the library will be located at 34 W. Fulton Street. For more information, call 518-725-2819 or visit gloversvillelibrary.org.