Laura Pritchard, director of the Dannemora Free Library, stands in the library’s new location in the Village of Dannemora Office Building on outer Emmons Street. Pritchard said she’s finally starting to feel settled into her new location about a month after the move.
Photo by Jeremiah S. Papineau.
continued While he didn’t stop coming to the library at its old location, Leigh Walpole of Dannemora said the stairs made it difficult for him to enjoy his trips to the library.
“I’m not an invalid by any means, but sometimes I have shortness of breath,” said Walpole, who suffers from chronic lung disease. “And, that was quite a few steps up. Those steps seemed to get steeper every year.”
Walpole said he’s excited about the new location because of it being at ground level and because of its ample parking. He’s able to look at the move in a positive light both as a patron and as a former member of the library’s board of directors, who have long eyed a move to a more convenient location.
“It’s quite an improvement. It’s good for everyone, whether they’re handicapped or not,” said Walpole.
“And, we don’t have to worry about the meter maid,” Walpole added, laughing.
Hearing the move has benefitted her patrons is music to her ears, said Pritchard.
“It’s like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders,” she said. “Now, they have complete access ... It’s just an amazing thing for my patrons.”
Pritchard said plans are in the works to also create Wi-fi stations in the new library adjacent to five already established computer workstations.
“Once we’re done, will have room for three to four people to come in with their laptops and work comfortably,” said Pritchard. “It’s going to be great.”
The Dannemora Free Library, now located at 40 Emmons St., is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday 2 to 8 p.m. The library may currently be reached at its temporary number, 492-3048. The library’s permanent number, 492-7005, should be accessible in the coming weeks, said Pritchard.