Library kicks off renovation

State Sen. James Tedisco presents Gloversville Public Library Director Barbara Madonna with a Senate citation during a renovation kickoff event at the library Thursday night. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

GLOVERSVILLE — The Glov- ersville Public Library held a kick-off event at its permanent home Thursday night to celebrate the start of its planned renovation.

Hosted by the Library’s Capital Campaign, the public was able to walk through the vacant building one last time before the extensive renovations begin.

The Capital Campaign raised more than $8 million in four years to help pay for the modernization and expansion of the library, which was built in 1904 and has never been significantly renovated.

The $8 million includes a $2 million state grant secured by former Sen. Hugh T. Farley just before his retirement.

The complete overhaul of the building, which dates back to the early 20th century, will include turning the basement into a children’s area with a teen room, and installing new heating and cooling systems, including replacing the building’s 110-year-old boiler.

Attendees mingle in the lobby during Thursday night’s renovation kickoff event at the Gloversville Public Library on East Fulton Street. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

The library will become handicapped-accessible with an elevator and will provide a better layout for wheelchairs and strollers.

With the exception of the original boiler and radiators, every historic element in the Andrew Carnegie-funded building will stay.

The library is currently housed in the Fulton County Center for Regional Growth Building at 34 W. Fulton St. The library plans to be there during the renovation, which is expected to take anywhere from 14 to 24 months.

The first visible thing the public will see is the removal of the current handicapped entrance. A new one will be installed during construction.

— Kerry Minor

A mock groundbreaking ceremony took place during the renovation kickoff event Thursday at the Gloversville Public Library. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)