Our Phase 1 construction project is complete! (To view videos of the progress, visit our YouTube channel!) We celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 30th. Members of the community enjoyed delicious refreshments, and we received a certificate from the Brewster Chamber of Commerce.
Pictured from left to right: Town of Southeast Council members John Lord & Lynne Eckhardt, Brewster Village Trustees George Gaspar & Mary Bryde, Library Board members Karen DeSantis & Robert Gosselink, Library Director Gina Loprinzo, Chamber of Commerce Director Rose Aglieco, Library Trustees Kevin Finnegan, Margaret Bruen & Peter Carey, Assemblyman Kevin Byrne, and Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell. Photo credit – R. Loprinzo
On November 7th, 2017, the community passed the proposition to move ahead with Phase 2 of the Library Board’s plan to double the size of the library. This expansion will include a community room to accommodate up to 50 people, private study rooms, and an ADA compliant elevator and restrooms – all while respecting and retaining the historic façade of the building and the main Reading Room.
Phase 2 construction began on September 12, 2019! Swift progress is being made as you can see by these photos:
Update October 7, 2019 – Footings are complete and walls are going up very quickly!
October 31, 2019 – An amazing amount of progress in the last three weeks!
December 20, 2019 – Structural steel is going up!
January 16, 2020 – Lots of progress has been made this week! We’re starting to pack up parts of the collection in anticipation of losing access to the lower level. Be assured, we can still get anything you want/need through interlibrary loan!
April, 2020 – Our construction project is currently at a standstill due to the Governor’s orders regarding the COVID-19 virus. Much progress has been made to this point as you can see:
We are still hopeful that the project can be completed sometime this fall as originally planned. We’ll know more once our region has moved into Phase 1 of the Governor’s reopening plan.
What will the library look like when the project is completed?
The library will be double the size of the existing building. The interior will be renovated, and have updated electrical and HVAC systems; however, we will respect and retain the historic aspect of the library’s facade and the David D. Bruen Reading Room on the upper level. Click here to view the suggested floor plan for the upper level, and here for the lowel level.
How can I find out more?
If you have any questions, you may email Library Director Gina Loprinzo at email@example.com.