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Library could expand

SCHROON LAKE A plan has been developed to expand the Schroon Lake Library. The plan calls for an addition to the town hall, home to the library, which would allow more room for the library as well as ease space issues with other town offices. Architects were scheduled to present the plan to the Schroon town board and public Thursday. It is no secret that our town hall has been busting at the seams for many years now, Schroon Supervisor Cathy Moses said. The town has a dire need for more space. There is the overwhelming success of our library, which has grown tremendously with new programs and increased usage, she continued. The library also has a need for separate adult and child space, computer area, storage space and more that is presently inadequate. In addition, we struggle to accommodate all of the many meetings requested at town hall due to our central location, Moses said. Our court has been faced with much needed changes due to safety issues and the large volume of court cases and our codes enforcement officer has no real office space. The Schroon town board hired SD Atelier Architecture L.L.C. to study present and future space issues in the community. The firm has developed a preliminary plan. Dave Pachla of the Schroon Lake Friends of the Library group is pleased. Good libraries are a hallmark of a growing and vibrant community, he said. The Schroon Lake Library is a community treasure that needs to be supported. Pachla said the Schroon Lake Library is successful in meeting the communitys needs. The existing library has been run exceptionally well, offering many on-going programs, especially for children and young adults, he said. The current childrens book shelf space is so cramped that it is almost impossible to add books to its collection. In my opinion, the library needs to maintain its traditional role of providing books for reading at the same time integrating electronic information delivery for members, Pachla said. New libraries are providing expanded multi-functional services to all members of the community pre-school children, students, adults and seniors. Examples of what libraries of the future are offering are services such as student tutoring, job hunting, health information, internet access, lectures, art shows, music programs and meeting rooms where community organizations can hold their meetings. We, as a community, need to provide the facilities to offer informational and cultural services needed for at least the next 20 years or so, he said. Moses cautioned the town hall expansion will probably not take place immediately. Grant funding is needed, she said. We presently have the Essex County Planning Department seeking grant funding sources, Moses said. I believe I can speak for the entire (town) board when I say that the project will most likely not take place until those funds are available, as our community is also struggling with a budget increase due to the school upgrades about to take place. Moses asked people with ideas and concerns to contact her office.

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