News Alert: Weston library will be closed Monday and Tuesday

The Weston Public Library will be closed Monday, June 6, and Tuesday, June 7, while the library moves into its temporary location in the library’s Community Room.

Renovations to the inside of the library are starting on June 6. The space is being remodeled to make it more patron-friendly.   

Included in the long list of renovations are the addition of three small group study rooms, a kids and teen area, a self-service cafe, energy-efficient LED lights, and flooring improvements.

New furniture is being brought in, including more comfortable chairs and couches to increase seating capacity.  

The library’s electrical system will also be updated and improved in the oldest areas of the building, which still have electrical outlets dating back to the 1960s.

The electrical upgrades are particularly important, said library director Karen Tatarka, because Westonites rely on the library to charge their cell phones and computers during power outages. Following Superstorm Sandy in 2012, in which most homes in Weston lost power for days, the library was on a generator, and was packed with people looking for power sources.   

Of all the improvements, Tatarka is most excited about changes to the patio area. “The patio at the back of the library will now finally be made accessible from the inside. It will have a small table where patrons can sit and enjoy the green outdoors,” she said.

With construction going on throughout the summer, the library will move its operations to the community room at the end of the building.

While operating out of the community room, the library will sustain its regular activities, with normal hours and general services.

However, the library will not have any space available for meetings until the renovations are complete.

Because of space limitations, only about one-fourth of the library’s current collection will be available.

Despite a major decrease in the number of books, Tatarka said the temporary collection will include a wide range of books for kids, teens and adults.

“We’re making sure to go through the collection and gather the really popular items to hold over the summer,” Tatarka said.

The renovation is being funded by a bequest from the late Franc Vitale, and grants from the state and the town of Weston.

Gennarini Construction Company, based in Bridgeport, was selected from bids from 11 contractors to conduct the renovations.

A team of architects is working closely with Gennarini and the library staff to bring a new and improved library to life, Tatarka said.

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