Founded in 1885, the Keene Valley Library plays a central role for the Town of Keene and its 1,150 residents, and also services surrounding areas and visitors. We provide a circulating collection and act as a cultural center for the general population, which doubles between May and October each year with the arrival of seasonal residents.
We also act as the library for kindergarten through 6th graders at Keene Central School (KCS), the town’s K–12 public school with 2016–17 enrollment of 171 students. Students go to the library each Wednesday with their classes for library skills training, book and resource borrowing, and other projects (although they can be found in the library every day).
The renovation is a three phase project. In Phase One, already completed, we stabilized the foundation, added windows in the lower level and installed a new heating system, increasing the comfort and energy efficiency of our building. We also renovated the lower level toddler’s room and the archives. In Phase Two, we are beginning to renovate the lower level space for energy efficiency and improved usage and creating a non-fiction area and a Maker-space. We are adding an energy efficient entryway (159 sq. ft.) into the library and enlarging the upper level elementary children’s area (249 sq. ft.), and adding two accessible bathrooms to the main floor. A code compliant and accessible stairway and lift will allow full access to the lower level.
Now, in phase Three, we will build a second story, extending the elevator to the second floor, creating a room to house our special Alpine collection (301 sq. ft) and constructing a community room (640 sq. ft) for meetings, lectures and programs. There will be a study area and storage for chair bringing the second floor to 1,411 sq. ft. The space will be flexible. Chairs can be store to create open space for activities and table and chair can be added for workshops. Around the outside will be electrical outlets for computers and electronic devices.
Before the actual project begins we must empty the back half of the library. So we are boxing 2/3 of all the books and sending them to Madden storage. Here are the beginning photos.
Generally this blog will be pictures of the construction