New Woburn Library Poised to Open this Weekend
Mar 13, 2019 08:20AM
● By Katie Lovett
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WOBURN – It’s a day years in the making.
On Saturday, March 16, community members and town officials will gather to celebrate the grand opening celebration of the new Woburn Public Library.
Construction of the elaborate $31.5 million renovation and addition to the building began in the spring of 2017. A new 2.5-story wing, which includes a new larger children’s room, and meeting and gallery space was added.
The project was finished in February. The temporary library in the Cummings Center closed on Feb. 8 and staff began the process of moving back to the building and getting the collections unpacked, all of the furniture, signage, shelving and equipment set up.
“There is lots of last-minute details, and I expect there will be right up until Friday afternoon,” interim director Chuck Flaherty said. “One way or the other we’ll be ready to welcome the public on Saturday afternoon.”
A ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday outside of the library at 45 Pleasant Street. The Woburn Memorial High School marching band will play, and the school’s a cappella group will perform the National Anthem.
Local author Morgan Crooks will read an original poem, before local dignitaries will speak, including Mayor Scott Galvin, the president of the Library Trustees and the former library director Andrea Bunker.
Following the brief ceremony, the library will open its doors and welcome the public. Festivities will continue inside as seniors from the city present a “Never-Ending StoryTime” in the new children’s room.
Patrons can also explore the new gallery, and familiarize themselves will all of the new technology now available, including the laptop vending machine and the self-checkout space.
“Our focus is on being a fully-functioning library on day 1,” said assistant director Rebecca Meehan on Tuesday.
Meehan said those who have seen the completed building already have been amazed.
“They are in awe,” she said.
The library will close at 5:30, its regular time on Saturdays.
The historic Woburn Library, built in 1879 by American architect Henry Hobson Richardson, is a national landmark.
With the addition, the library will grow to 30,000 square feet compared to the 9,000 square feet of usable space it had previously. The library also had severe accessibility issues.
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