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The Dansville Online
  • Cohocton Library opens in new home

  • The Cohocton Library opened July 6, in bigger, better quarters.


    Since 2007, the library board had been discussing and searching for a more suitable location for its library as its 800-square-foot facility on Main Street was nearly bursting at the seams.

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  • The Cohocton Library opened July 6, in bigger, better quarters.
    Since 2007, the library board had been discussing and searching for a more suitable location for its library as its 800-square-foot facility on Main Street was nearly bursting at the seams.
    The library was housed in what was originally a carriage house for the Larrowe family. The library acquired the former Carpet Rack on Maple Avenue in March, and soon afterwards, started its move.
    Cohocton?Elementary students helped out in early May by forming a book chain, and carried some 5,000 children’s books from the carriage house to the new building around the corner in “bucket brigade” style.
    Soon after, the Village of Cohocton started making some minimal changes to the carriage house to accommodate themselves for new offices there, which opened before the first of June.
    The new library building was set for a soft opening June 14, but fate apparently decided otherwise. The day before opening, a large portion of the exterior back corner wall collapsed.
    For the next three weeks, the library remained closed. Code Enforcement Officer Bob Michielsen gave the go-ahead late last week to open with the caveat to keep the room with the damaged wall off limits to the public until it’s repaired.
    That room, which is on the east side of the building, will house the adult non-fiction, Westerns, paperbacks and children’s books. A limited number of those books have been moved to the center (main) room.
    The library’s center room houses adult fiction, DVDs, public computer access, and more.
    It also has comfortable seating, plus is where the circulation desk and staff offices are located.
    The third room, on the building’s west side, which is a sorting room for the time being, will become community rooms.
    The building’s spacious second story will be used for library storage.
    To be accommodated for library use, the building received a new coat of paint, its stairways were enclosed to save on heating costs and to curb patron access, plus the floors were shored up in the basement and handicap-access bathrooms were installed.
    Ron Lindsey did the bulk of this work, while Bill Griffin framed and secured the walls after the building collapse.
    Until the building can be fully opened, the library is open limited hours from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 Maple Ave.
    In addition, the library will be having its summer reading program, "One World, Many Stories" Tuesdays from July 12 through Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m. with crafts, foods and stories of people and culture in Kenya, Australia, Ireland and Japan.
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