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Children’s Level Re-Opening

posted Jun 24, 2014, 1:45 PM by Barre Library

The Barre Library Association, the Barre Board of Library Trustees and the staff at the Woods Memorial Library in Barre are pleased to announce that renovations and restoration of the Corbett Center for Learning – the Children’s Level – at the library are nearing completion.

Funding for this project was furnished by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, as part of its Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program as provided in its “Loss of a Major Service Area” program.

The lower level of the library has been closed to the public since flooding damaged the Corbett Center in 2011. Since that time, thanks to the efforts of State Sen. Stephen Brewer, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has corrected the main source of the flooding, via its $1.2 million Dick’s Brook Project, completed in 2013. Additional improvements to the drainage system at the library are in the works, with final drainage and driveway work taking place during the upcoming Barre Common Project construction later this year and early in 2015.

In the meantime, those in charge of operations at the library have determined that restoration work can safely be done to re-open the Children’s area to the public.

During the past few weeks, work has been performed via labor provided by Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis. Workers participating in the Sheriff’s Community Service Program have labored to repair sheetrock, as well as plastering and painting the children’s area and the adjacent multi-purpose room. Although small tasks have yet to be completed, the lower level of the library will re-open to the public in July.

To prepare for this event, the library will be closed from Tuesday, July 1 through Tuesday, July 8 to give contractors and staff enough time to complete necessary projects and return books, computers and other learning materials to the Corbett Center.

 Children are encouraged to sign up for the Summer Reading Program either before or after the closure. The annual program schedule remains the same, and all other scheduled programming will take place as planned.

 Due to the closure, all “holds” through the inter-library loan program will be extended for one week in order to give patrons time to pick up their items. Returns can be made to the Woods Memorial Library (please place all returns in the outdoor book drop on the lower level) or to libraries in surrounding communities. Items will be checked in regularly during the closure.

 The Barre Library Association, the Board of Library Trustees and the library staff all extend their gratitude to the public for their patience and understanding during this exciting and much-anticipated time.