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The remainder of the multi-phase project will be completed in the future.
Updates were made to the public and staff restrooms as well as the staff kitchen.
Phase one of a multi-phase project was completed. This phase added new windows overlooking North Main Street, new paint, carpet and circulation desk in the lobby, and a new Young Adult cafe. A new hallway was added leading to the Washburn Room. The director’s office and staff workroom were also relocated and updated.
The library underwent repainting, and recarpeting throughout the lobby. Some new shelving and furniture were purchased as well.
The Library Trustees, the Friends of the Basloe Library, and several volunteers held a fundraiser to outfit the Washburn Room with a digital video projector, a movie screen, and a sound system. The lighting was upgraded shortly afterward with new energy-efficient fixtures and recessed low-lighting fixtures.
A renovation and expansion resulted in a new children’s room on the northwest corner of the building.
The Irving M. Basloe Genealogy Room was opened and named after its benefactor. The room was stocked with a large collection donated by local genealogist Evelyn Arthur. The director’s office was moved to make space for the new collection.
The Library, with the assistance of the village, purchased the former Acme supermarket. The children of Frank J. Basloe were major contributors to the project, and the building was named for him. The Washburn Memorial Corporation donated as well, resulting in the dedication of the Washburn Room, available for educational programs and meetings in the library.