Library hosts open house

At center, Mark Kilmer, president and CEO of the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Barbara LaDonna, director of the Gloversville Public Library, get ready to cut the ribbon opening the library's temporary location at 34 W. Fulton St. Saturday. They are supported, from left, by Chris Ressess, library board president; Patty Franco, a member of friends of the library; Jan LaPorte, library staff; John and Jenny Mazur, library Friends; Linda Conroy, library staff; Carole Gottung, a friend; and Circe Johnson, staff. In front is Saya Moran, right, and Paige Morehouse, right, both library patrons from Gloversville. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville Public Library hosted an open house on Saturday to welcome the public to its new, temporary space at 34 W. Fulton St. It was one of two planned events to celebrate the upcoming renovation of the more than 100-year-old building.

The event started with a ribbon cutting at the West Fulton Street entrance.

There were a number of children’s activities throughout the day including face painting and make-your-own bookmark craft.

In addition, there was a scavenger hunt to help get people familiar with the layout of the space. Every visitor was given a floor map of the library and the location of the various events going on. Scavenger hunts were done by kids, teenagers and adults.

Children participating in the hunt were rewarded with a goodie bag. Others were given 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.

Gloversville resident Tammy Sweet-Chisam helps her stepdaughter Aliana Chisam, 10, during the library opening-day scavenger hunt. Youths who finish the hunt will be rewarded with a goodie bag of useful items, prizes and raffle tickets. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

“It’s introducing everyone to where we are now,” Lisa Buggeln, library board of trustees vice president, said. “We really want people to know where the temporary space is and the layout.”

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 100-year-old Andrew Carnegie-funded library over the next 14 to 24 months.

At 6 p.m. on Thursday, 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.

Alexandra Franco, a senior at Ballston Spa High School, and Madison France, a freshman, prepare supplies for face-painting children during the library opening as a National Honor Society project. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)