Chase Emerson Memorial Library is closing in on wrapping up its first renovations since the 1990s.
The work has included updates inside and out, though the most visible ones are outside the library, including better access to the library’s entrance with a new brick entryway and ramp, restored windows, an extended deck with new seating, and more.
Susan Lees, vice president of the library’s board of directors, said the library has increased access in a number of ways.
First, the brick entryway and ramp will be much easier to keep clear of ice and snow during the winter and easier for patrons with accessibility issues to reach.
Second, the library has updated its online access. The entire library is now managed online, and the library purchased new computers. The library is part of the Maine InfoNet Download Library now, which means that members can get access to e-books and audio books to download to their devices.
“We hope to let the community know about how we’ve updated,” said Lees. “This isn’t the same library.”
The wrap-around deck has been expanded, with an opening to the small park next to the library. There also is a bench there, for people who would like to come and enjoy the library’s Wi-Fi hotspot.
Much of the work was financed by a grant from the Davis Family Foundation, as well as private donors and the library itself. There is still some work that needs to be finished, including building another step to meet code requirements and smoothing out the lip at the bottom of the ramp. The library continues to accept donations to help finish the work.
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