Ti library addition to be dedicated

TICONDEROGA - The Black Watch Memorial Library will formally dedicate its expansion project.

A ceremony has been scheduled Saturday, July 10, at 10 a.m. at the Ticonderoga library.

The project more than doubled the space in the library. The existing building was 1,405 square feet; the addition added another 1,450 square feet of space.

The addition includes a reading room, a meeting room, a children's room and allows for expanded programs and computer use.

"We love it," Heather Johns, library director, said of the new-look facility. "It came out even better than I imagined."

The project also made the library fully handicap accessible. A tent and chairs will be set up on Carnegie Street for the dedication, library trustee Linda Cunningham said.

John McDonald, library board president, will speak along with former Ti Supervisor Bob Dedrick and current Supervisor Deb Malaney.

Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward and state Sen. Betty Little have been invited along with Beth Hill, Fort Ticonderoga executive director.

Following the dedication there will be a reception in the library.

The Black Watch Memorial Library expansion project was actually completed last November and has been open to the public since that time. A formal dedication, however, has been delayed to allow summer patrons to participate.

The library expansion had been in the works for two decades, explained Steve Whitford, a Ticonderoga town councilor who serves on the library committee.

With an initial price tag of $1 million, the library just couldn't find the money, he said. About four years ago plans were scaled back and the project became reality.

The expansion project cost $565,000. The money came from grants and donations.

The Black Watch Memorial Library was built in 1905 with funds from Andrew Carnegie, who funded 1,946 libraries throughout the United States between 1881 and 1917.

Every year, the Black Watch Library has more than 23,000 visits and circulates 24,000 books.

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