By Allison Collins
UNADILLA – The recently renovated Unadilla Public Library showed off its new, airy, spacious interior at an open house event held Friday evening, May 19.
The improvements, which included new flooring throughout, a new ceiling in parts of the children’s section, added shelf space and mobilized shelving, new wall paint and many space-maximizing modifications, were made possible through a grant from the New York State Education Department Division of Library Development. Through a separate, Senator Seward-backed grant, the library also procured two new computers.
The library, located in the Community House at 193 Main St., has been closed since renovations began in February though is now, following the open house, resuming regular hours of operation. Much of the construction work was contracted locally to Cohen and Frazier Builders.
Library director Andrea Edwards said the project was something she has long had in mind. Edwards, who has been with the library for nine years and served as director for eight-and-a-half, said, “We knew the grant cycle was coming up and I really wanted to do something.” Noting that replacing the carpet was an especial focus of hers, Edwards said that, with the help of Unadilla mayor David Welch, the grant application process got underway.
Discussing Welch’s contributions to the process, Edwards said, “He’s been a coach all along. He really pushed for a more polished library.”
Edwards emphasized that she was also aided by library board members Martha Vanderlip (president), Sue Barnhart, Irene Murphy, and Jan Pavlov. “We all worked together,” said Edwards.