Gloversville Public Library celebrations planned

Two events to celebrate renovations

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville Public Library will be hosting two upcoming events to celebrate the upcoming renovation of the more than 100-year-old building.

Lisa Buggeln, the library board of trustees’ vice president of finance, said the open house will start with a ribbon cutting ceremony likely at the West Fulton Street entrance.

Buggeln said there will be a number of children’s activities throughout the event including face painting and make-your-own bookmark craft.

A scavenger hunt will take place to get people acclimated to the layout of the space. Every visitor will get a floor map of the library and the location of the various events going on. Scavenger hunts can be done by kids, teenagers and adults.

“When [children] come back with [the hunt] completed they will get a little goody bag,” she said.

Those who participate in the scavenger hunt will get a coupon for the raffle of one of three prize baskets that will be offered: one for adults, one for teenagers and one for children.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 13.

“It’s introducing everyone to where we are now,” Buggeln said. “We really want people to know where the temporary space is and the layout.”

Library staff will also be on hand to answer questions.

The library opened in its temporary location at the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth at 34 W. Fulton St. on April 24. The move was precipitated by the a total overhaul of the more than 110-year-old Andrew Carnegie-funded library over the next 14 to 24 months.

At 6 p.m. on May 18, the library will hold a kickoff event at the library’s permanent home at 58 E. Fulton St. The kickoff will celebrate the start of the construction.

“It says we’re starting, we are actually doing this,” Buggeln said.

The event will see the public be able to come and see the emptied out space before the construction starts.

Participants will be able to better envision what the space will look like after the construction is complete with the help of a little tape. Buggeln said tape will be used on the floor to show where items and spaces will be after the building undergoes a total renovation.

Buggeln said two donors are paying for Union Hall Inn to cater the event.

Changes at the property will include new meeting rooms, additional niches for reading, installation of air conditioning and new handicapped accessibility, including an elevator.

The basement will be transformed into a center for children with a dedicated space for teens, something the library staff and board all agree is something that is needed for the area.

Even with all of the changes, the historic aspects — with the exception of the boiler and radiators — will be staying. This includes the distinctive grand staircases.

The library will also be installing an elevator. This installation will be accomplished by putting on an addition to the side of the building. An identical addition will be put on the opposite side of the building for symmetry per the state Historic Preservation Board.

Buggeln said invitations have gone out to everyone who donated to the library’s capital campaign. The capital campaign raised over $8 million for the renovation.

The library board will be voting to approve contracts for the project sometime this month, after which the work can get started.

Buggeln said the library staff and board are hopeful contracts will begin a week after the kickoff party.