Hempstead County prepares for new library

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Excitement is growing in Hempstead County with progress on the area’s brand new library.

The new building towers over the current facility.  Assistant Librarian Jamie Formby said, “Everybody thinks it’s a two story or it’s going to have a gym or something in it, instead of just being a tall building.”  “People are just absolutely over the moon excited about this new building,” Library Director Courtney McNiel said.

The new facility will have an additional five thousand square feet, new shelving and new computers.  One side of the building will feature a wall of windows.  McNiel hopes it will invite more people to visit the library.  She said, “To see all of the great things happening inside, to see the neat colors we’ve chosen, to see the furniture, to see the kids having fun.”

When the move into the current space is complete, there are plans to bulldoze the current space, which dates back to 1948.  “We need more parking space and this old building has run its course,” McNiel said. 

The $2.4 million dollar facility is made possible because of a $1.4 million dollar donation made in 2016, along with current library funding.

The new library is scheduled to be complete this November. 

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