Groundbreaking for Raymond Library renovation is Oct. 31
By Corey AmEnde - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Mon., Oct. 28, 2013
The ceremonial groundbreaking for the expansion and renovation of the Raymond Library is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 31, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Mayor Marcia Leclerc, Gov. Dannel Malloy and other invited guests will help break ground on the expansion and renovation project that is expected to take 14 months.
In addition to renovating the existing building, a new 14,000-square-foot addition will be constructed. The total cost of the project including relocation of the library is $8.2 million. The 100-plus-year-old building has been expanded four different times, with the last major addition built in 1968, according to Mary Martin, project administrator for the Raymond Library expansion and renovation.
Light refreshments will be served at the groundbreaking, and plans for the renovated spaces will be on display. Guided tours of the existing building are planned by library staff to highlight some of the areas that will change.
Due to the impending construction, the following changes to library service will take place:
• Saturday, Nov. 2, at 5 p.m. the Raymond Library closes to the public.
• Monday. Nov. 4, the Wickham branch hours will be extended to Monday through Thursday, 12 – 8 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. These hours will remain until the renovation is completed.
• Thursday, Nov. 7, the Raymond Library opens in the East Hartford Cultural Center at 50 Chapman St. The hours of operation will be Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9 am. – 5 p.m.
Susan Hansen, director of libraries for East Hartford, said that during the renovation the library staff will be providing an additional 17 hours of service. The bookmobile will also be operational, and Hansen said she hopes to have the bookmobile schedule available on the libraries' website by the end of November.
The library is also enhancing 24/7 online offerings by adding new databases, said Hansen.