Week one has begun! Check our progress here!
A cheer went up with a round of applause on Monday, April 29, at 10:30 am as ground was officially broken for the new construction and renovation project of the Royalton Memorial Library.
Cynthia Dalrymple, president of Library Trustees, kicked off the ceremony by thanking the community of patrons, volunteers, donors, and agencies involved in the project. “I can’t tell you how much we appreciate all the people and agencies who worked so hard to make this happen. We are thrilled to begin!”
Chris Noble from the Royalton Selectboard noted, “Libraries today have the same great mission as those of 100 years ago – a public place to enrich our lives with knowledge and culture, but new ways of doing it. This renovation we are breaking ground on today will make sure our town library can continue to offer the same great value to the community it did in the past 100 years to those of the next 100 years. This is our gift today to those 100 years from now. This is a quiet way to say we were thinking of you even after we are long gone.”
Additional speakers included Karen Freeman, Conservation Director at Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Jay White, architect of the building, and John Dumville, Library Trustee.
“This project is long overdue and we are moving forward because the library in the twenty-first century is as, if not more, important for the life of the community, as it was in 1923 when this library was built.” said John Dumville.
The crowd gathered inside the library for refreshments and continued celebration after the ceremony.
Phoebe Preston, Royalton selectboard member stated, “I really admire the determination to get this done. It was hard fought but well worth it.”
‘It’s a great library,” said Royalton Police Chief Loretta Stalnaker, “I suggest everyone come to visit”.
Thanks to all the folks who helped make it possible. We are so grateful for all your support. Your generous and loyal support made it happen!
Check this page and our Facebook page for updates and progress reports as construction continues.
As the building renovation begins you may see some changes happening as we prepare for this exciting time! The Summer Reading program will take place offsite at a location to be determined (check this page and our Facebook for updates).
Beginning May 2nd, Storytime with Ms. Paula and Ms. Jenn will be held Thursdays from 10:00-11:00 am at the Red Door Church, 64 S. Windsor St. South Royalton.
Fiber Arts Group will continue as usual, no change in schedule or location.
Some programs will be paused during the initial construction phase from April 29th through the end of May. Please check back for updates.
Please note that we will not be accepting book donations until the library construction is completed. We are in the process of moving donated books off site and our work and storage spaces will be extremely limited during the coming months.
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We are always looking for volunteers with a passion for books, learning, and serving our community. Contact the library at 802-763-7094 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.