Greenfield Public Library marks one year in new building with party

People pour into the Greenfield Public Library during the new building’s grand opening celebration in July 2023. The library will host a first anniversary party on Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

People pour into the Greenfield Public Library during the new building’s grand opening celebration in July 2023. The library will host a first anniversary party on Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. STAFF FILE PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

By ADA DENENFELD KELLY

For the Recorder

Published: 07-10-2024 10:30 AM

GREENFIELD — With a full year having passed since the grand opening of the new Greenfield Public Library building, staff members are bringing the community together for a time of celebration and reflection.

“This year, when we were ... realizing, ‘Oh my gosh, we’ve been here for an entire year,’ we just thought it would be fun and a great way to say thank you to our community [to] throw a little party,” said Information Services Assistant Pamela McBride.

The party will be held at the library on Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring music from the Greenfield Military Band and the Forest Avenue String Band, as well as a community art show with tiny canvases that will be painted and displayed.

Food will include popcorn; cake from Big Y and Green Fields Market; frozen treats from Ice Cream Alley, Bart’s Ice Cream and Crooked Stick Pops; and beverages from Coca-Cola Greenfield.

“We’ve been extremely fortunate,” McBride said. “Members of the business community have really helped [by] donating items.”

There will also be a raffle, an opportunity for community feedback on the library and a read-aloud for children ages 12 and under with Greenfield Mayor Ginny Desorgher.

There’s been a lot of change in the past year for the library. According to McBride, in the old building next door, the library averaged 200 to 300 visitors a day. The daily average now is between 400 and 500.

“There’s been the same families, plus a lot more — like, plus times 10,” explained Head of Children’s Services Ellen Lavoie.

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“I’ll still see the same people a couple times a day,” Lavoie added. “Bringing their parents or grandparents or a nanny. It’s cool to see the same little one with a rotating group of adults. It does take a village. … We’re a good place in town for if you have a kid and you need something to do. Doesn’t matter if it’s hot or raining.”

“It’s great throughout the library, because you can just come and sit,” McBride added. “You don’t have to pay anything to be here and you don’t have to sign up. You don’t have to have a library card to come in and enjoy our services, and we’re really proud of that.”

With more spaces for the public to meet, the new building has enabled the library to expand event offerings, McBride said. The new building is also more accessible.

Marjorie Curtis, head of borrower services, said the accessibility is her favorite part of the new building.

“For me, it’s watching the people in wheelchairs ... be able to just come right on in,” she said. “It’s been warm availability for people with strollers and wheelchairs and walkers to get into the building. That … just makes me happy.”